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Campaign signs prohibited on street right of ways

Hudson Police Chief Richard Trende is reminding city residents that there are rules where they can place political campaign signs - and how many they can have.

The regulations are spelled out in Chapter 202 of the Hudson Municipal Code. The City Code is on the Internet and can be accessed through a link on the city's Web site,

The most overlooked rule concerning campaign signs, according to Trende, is one restricting them from street right of ways or public easement.

As a rule, that means signs must be placed 12 feet back from the curb, the police chief said. Residents who have a sidewalk in front of their homes should put signs on the house side of the sidewalk.

"Political signs cannot be next to a curb. And they have to be on private property," Trende said.

The City Code also limits residents to one sign per candidate per street front. In other words, residents who live mid-block are limited to one sign per candidate in their lawns. Residents who have a corner lot may place a sign for a candidate on both of the streets that front their property.

The maximum allowable size of campaign sign is 32 square feet, the equivalent of an 8- by 4-foot sheet of plywood.

Signs aren't to be placed more than 60 days before the election and must be removed within seven days following it.

Trende said the reason for setback requirement and limit on the number of signs is to prevent "road clutter" and visibility problems.

"This is simply to make people aware of what the regulations are," he said.

His hope was that educating the public about the sign restrictions would prevent the city from having to enforce the rules.

The city can remove campaign signs if they violate the Municipal Code, he said.

Randy Hanson

Randy Hanson has reported for the Star-Observer since 1997. He came to Hudson after 11 years with the Inter-County Leader at Frederic, and eight years of teaching social studies. He’s a graduate of UW-Eau Claire.

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