Reward Offered to Stop Theft and Vandalism of Political Signs

I will find you and I will reward you.

The Democratic county parties that comprise the 8th Congressional District have pooled their resources to create a $300 reward system that will pay for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of individuals who are doing malicious damage to and theft of Democrat candidates’ signage. This behavior by individuals who have issues with the First Amendment is not only illegal and has stiff penalties but is morally wrong. Anyone with information on offenders should report that person to local law enforcement, and also contact the Democratic chairperson of that county, recommends Mary Ginnebaugh, chair of the Democratic 8th Congressional District.

“The widespread theft and destruction of political candidate signs is unprecedented in my years of experience,” says Ginnebaugh. “Local law enforcement officials do what they can, but the problem is clearly widespread and requires citizens to help stop this behavior. Hopefully, this reward will encourage people to keep a closer watch in their neighborhoods for political candidate sign thefts and destruction.”

More than a hundred signs have been reported as stolen in Brown County alone in this year’s election season.

For more information contact:

Brown County Mike Moran mjmoran@gmail.com (920) 216-8096
Calumet County Jim Brey jbrey419@gmail.com (920) 203-2686
Door County David Hayes ddixonhayes@gmail.com (920) 493-1113
Kewaunee County Mimi Dobbins medobbins@tm.net (920) 360-3087
Marinette County Tom Faller tgfaller@gmail.com (906) 290-3312
Oconto County Mark Smith morgsat1@gmail.com (920) 671-4495
Outagamie County Matt Lederer ledererdc@gmail.com (920) 284-0054
Shawano County Jan Koch cjakoch71@gmail.com (715) 296-6726
Waupaca County Clif Morton clif68morton@gmail.com (920) 472-1021
Winnebago County Marcia Steele mlsteele1@charter.net.net  

SIGN PLACEMENT REGS AND REPORTING

SIGN PLACEMENT GUIDANCE
Realty, campaign and other temporary signs must be placed on private property (with approval of owner).

General Guidelines Brochure https://wisconsindot.gov/Documents/doing-bus/real-estate/outdoor-adv/improperly-placed-signs-brochure.pdf

Since highway right-of-way limits may vary greatly in width, look for fences parallel to the road or for utility pedestals and poles. These items are usually placed near the right-of-way limits.

Utilities are often installed just inside the right-of-way limit. Signs are not allowed in the area between the utility poles and the road surface. Political signs are allowed on private property with the permission of the landowner as long as the sign does not exceed 32 square feet and has no flashing lights or moving parts.

NOTE: Most local authorities (counties and municipalities) also have regulations or ordinances regarding signage in their jurisdiction. It is the sign owner’s responsibility to follow local laws. Approval of a sign application from the state does not exempt the applicant from any local ordinances, or guarantee approval from the local authority having jurisdiction. Likewise, local approval does not guarantee or exempt approval from the state.

REGULATIONS LINK: https://wisconsindot.gov/Pages/doing-bus/real-estate/outdoor-adv/improp-placed-signs.aspx

CITATIONS AND FINES:
Citations may be issued for violating Wisconsin Statute s. 86.19, which covers improperly placed signs on state highway right-of-way. Fines may also be issued based on the seriousness of the offense. Fines range from $10 to $500 and are usually higher for second or subsequent violations.

REPORT MISPLACED SIGNS TO JURISDICTION OF ROADWAY

Wisconsin Department of Transportation
Wisconsindot.gov
Northeast Region
920-492-4117
Todd.Marohl@dot.wi.gov

Brown County
Department of Public Works
920-492-4925
https://www.co.brown.wi.us/i_brown/d/county_clerk/2014_web/muncipal_ordinances-3-13-14.pdf?t=1394727394

Village/Town/City ordinance chart
https://www.co.brown.wi.us/i_brown/d/county_clerk/municipality_chart.pdf?t=1228855195

Green Bay
Department of Public Works
920-448-3100