Jamestown Police chief Harry Snellings released a statement on Thursday, saying city police have received several complaints related to the removal and theft of campaign signs over the past several weeks. He noted that stealing signs is a crime and offenders can be charged with petit larceny and trespass if caught.
In addition, he said that all candidates are reminded that the placement of signs in the city is regulated under section 300-0703 the city code, which states that no sign shall impair or cause confusion of vehicular traffic in its design, color or placement.
It’s also illegal to attach signs to trees, public utility poles, rocks or other parts of the the natural landscape other than the ground. Signs also can not be placed on public property without written consent from the controlling jurisdiction.
Snellings notes that any improperly placed signs can and will be removed.
The warning comes after Jamestown mayoral candidate and current city councilman Andrew Liuzzo (R-At Large) has expressed concern on social media about his signs being removed from unspecified locations in the city.
Liuzzo is running against county legislator David Wilfong (R-District 11) in the Republican Primary for Mayor on June 25.