No Signs Given

Tuesday night, our little Wylie City Council met and on the agenda was the sign ordinance, once again.  Unbeknownst to most sleeping citizens, our council started the year with this topic and have ended the year with it as well.  Useful.

I get it, as the city grows, the ordinances must change, and this time was no exception.  Well, except for the fact that they made few if any notable changes.  I guess they needed something to do and my request about the length political signs can be erected proved fodder.

You see, back in 2003 they approved an ordinance which stated:

As you can see, political signs could not be erected earlier than 30 days prior to an election and must be removed within 14 days after the election.  Wouldn't you know that they quietly changed all that in January 2014?

In their infinite wisdom, they decided they needn't control how long political signs can be up and nobody gave that another thought, that is until I mistakenly thought that was still the ordinance and asked the City Manager Mindy Manson about it.  

Nope, that is not the case, but that did not stop Mayor Eric Hogue from asking a silly question about political signs at last Tuesday's meeting, well after that, then it just got plain stupid.

Every idiot knows you cannot censor who or what people support, yet the talk feigned this as a motive. I suppose this was this designed to look like they were actually working on something worthwhile that night? Stupid.

The real question that should have been asked is, why did they find a period of 44 days sufficient time for citizens to display their campaign signs back in 2003 and what changed to make any amount of days irrelevant?  I will use my good friends the Butschek's as guinea pigs here, since they had their Ron Paul sign up for something like 6 years, or was it 4?  Hard to remember now.  

I recall Mrs. Butschek's comment, wondering when they (the City) would make her take it down.  Well now we know they wouldn't have.  Right about now I'm thinking they should get out there and put that damned sign right back up, not that I'm a Ron Paul fan or anything, because I'm not and never was. 

Still, as luck would have it, we can now keep our signs up year round!  Goodie! This is one time regression would have actually been applaudable.  Cuz now? Cuz now people can put up as many political signs in their yards as they want, and it doesn't matter if the person is running or not and it doesn't matter if there is a political race or not.  Good times.

Hells, yous can put up your John McCain and Obama signs if yous want to. In fact, now would be a good time to confuse the bejeebers out of your friends and neighbors as they drive the streets wondering why the feck there is yet another election when we just had one.

Dumb thing is, you wouldn't be allowed to do this if you lived in a neighborhood that had an HOA.  Silly conflicting regulations don't you think?  Nothing like selectively deciding which areas of your city can become legally overrun with signs and trash in the yards.

To be honest, I'm not even certain why the sign issue was even addressed, unless they wish to go after my freak of nature neighbor and his dirge-worthy monument in the front yard. Except I view that as irrelevant now because he would be grandfathered in anyway at this point.  I mean, code enforcement wasn't exactly handy while he spent a month partially putting up his new fence nor the cement pad he had poured either, without a permit one might suspect. Would we have expected code enforcement to catch him when he was erecting a masonry sign in the front yard?  Do you have any idea just how many people in my neighborhood have put up new fences on their own, and without permits?  

What they need to be working on is keeping unsightly and frankly, downright dangerous splintering trash from decaying in people's yards as their 6 foot tall garden art blows around this spring.  More proof that in much of Wylie, there is no accounting for common sense.