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Illegal Trump signs removed from Brookway Boulevard

Photo submitted/Political signs endorsing Donald Trump were placed along Brookway Boulevard early Tuesday morning. It took 10 city workers two hours to collect the signs, which violated local ordinances because they were on public rights-of-way.

Photo submitted/Political signs endorsing Donald Trump were placed along Brookway Boulevard early Tuesday morning. It took 10 city workers two hours to collect the signs, which violated local ordinances because they were on public rights-of-way.

Dozens of political signs lining the medians of Brookway Boulevard and Hwy. 51 Tuesday were removed by Brookhaven Building Inspector David Fearn and workers from the street department after it was determined the signs violated local ordinances.

“They were all up and down the center medians both ways on the boulevard,” Fearn said. “They were also on the triangular median on (Hwy.) 51 and the boulevard.”

Fearn said political signs — or any signs — cannot be placed on the public rights-of-way. Fearn said the signs had been up since about 5 a.m. Tuesday morning, and by 7 a.m. he had received two complaints about the signs. He said radio reports that the signs had been up for 18 months were inaccurate.

Fearn said it took 10 people about two hours to remove all of the signs, costing the city 20 man-hours. He said the sign ordinances do have associated fines, but whether or not to enforce the fines would be up to the city.

If the signs’ owner wants them returned, he said he’ll be keeping them for a couple of days before disposing of them.