News from City Hall
City Communications Office
City of Kansas City, Mo.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 5, 2012
City to perform sweep of illegal signs April 17
The City of Kansas City, Mo., Public Works and Neighborhood and Community Services departments will perform “Sign Sweeps” on Tuesday, April 17. Throughout the day, City staff will perform a sweep of the city to remove illegal signs in the public right-of-way. All signs picked up by the City will be destroyed.
“This is a targeted use of existing resources to improve the appearance of our neighborhoods throughout all parts of Kansas City,” said Councilman Scott Taylor.
Neighborhoods and residents are welcome to participate by canvassing their areas and removing illegal signs in the public right-of-way or on utility poles, such as old yard sale, garage sale, promotional and political signs. Residents unaware of the location of right-of-way boundaries are advised to not remove signs.
The City will provide up to five blue trash bags per requestor at three locations, available Mondays through Fridays, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. These locations are: Northland Neighborhoods Inc., 3015 Vivion Road; the City’s Neighborhood Preservation Division, 4900 Swope Parkway, First Floor; and Trailside Center, 9901 Holmes Road.
Residents can dispose of illegal signs in the blue bags and set them out on their regular trash day. Solid waste will pick up the blue bags at no additional charge. Please note that the blue bags are intended only for signs. Violation stickers will be placed on blue bags that contain items other than signs.
While signs in the right of way have always been illegal, up until this point there has been no tool to enforce this. A proposed ordinance will add a minimum $20 fine for each illegal sign that will be imposed on the party that owns the sign. This will give the City the tool to enforce this already existing law and help improve the appearance of our neighborhoods.
For media inquiries or more information, please contact Dennis Gagnon, City Communications Office, at 816-513-2659.