Grand Lake’s newly elected board adopts revised campaign sign ordinance
April 15, 2008
Grand Lake’s new and incumbent board members ” Kathy Lewis, Benton Johnson and Elmer Lanzi ” took their positions at the boardroom table after being sworn in Monday.
Mayor Glenn Harrington, who won the April 1 election by just two votes, took hold of the gavel as the new board voted on three remaining town business items.
Grand Lake’s outgoing mayor Judy Burke was absent from both the afternoon workshop and the evening meeting.
The board’s final items of business pertained to political signs, their size and location, during elections.
The town received complaints about signs during political campaigning in the recent and former elections, according to town code enforcement officer Dan Korkowski, and some suspected Harrington’s campaign sign on the side of a trailer during Election Day was a possible violation of code.
But Korkowski clarified at Monday night’s board meeting that political signs on vehicles are not specifically addressed in the town code, something he said was an oversight when revising the town sign code adopted last year.
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Two years ago, he said, campaign signs were pasted all over a trailer parked at the Circle D grocery store parking lot, but the town did not have code to enforce the sign obstructions then, either.
Korkowski said Harrington’s large sign was on a trailer parked a legal distance from the voting precinct on Election Day. Although he was not in violation of the town code directly, he moved the trailer voluntarily when complaints of the sign were brought to his attention, said Korkowski.
Korkowski has since checked the typical size of political signs, and found that most political signs for candidates are purchased 3 square feet in size. Because the town code reflects 2 square feet, Korkowski recommended the code be updated to accommodate larger political signs. He also recommended new wording pertaining to signs on vehicles.
The town passed the ordinance adopting the changes unanimously.
Upon adoption, Peterson remarked jokingly that Korkowski, who is running for state representative, proposed the changes simply because his name “Korkowski” would not fit on a campaign sign 2 square feet in size.