No enforcement on election signs

Council voted not to enforce the city’s sign bylaw in relation to the placement of signs, unless they become a safety or traffic concern

Federal election signs will soon be popping up in Vernon.

Council voted Monday not to enforce the city’s sign bylaw in relation to the placement of signs, unless the signs become a safety or traffic concern, just like it did in the 2014 municipal vote.

“The only restriction was not putting signs on city rights-of-way, the boulevards and such. That’s what the bylaw says right now,” said Coun. Bob Spiers, who brought forward the motion.

“During the municipal election, we decided not to enforce that, so why do it for the federal election?”

City corporate officer Patti Bridal explained that the city can limit location signs and placement, but can not outlaw them being put up.

“The resolution passed in the fall was that staff would not be enforcing the sign bylaw unless it was an incident for safety concerns regarding traffic and people,” said Bridal. “That’s what we followed.”

The federal election has been called for Monday, Oct. 19.