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POLITICS: Kautz signs stolen in Snellville

Kelly Kautz

Kelly Kautz

Overnight Tuesday, Kelly Kautz campaign signs disappeared.

The attorney has heard of sign stealing before. After all, she is involved in Snellville politics. But she was amazed that every single sign in a street or business location had been stolen. between 7:30 Tuesday and 8:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Kautz, who is running for mayor, said she confirmed with the police chief and city manager that the signs had not been picked up in a city clean-up. Her opponent Barbara Bender's signs remained in place.

Even though Kautz had permission from several business owners, the signs were gone from North Road, Wisteria Road, Oak Road, Rockdale, Scenic Highway, Ashworth Road, and U.S. Highway 78.

"I understand that stealing signs happens a lot in political elections, but that does not make it right. This is petty behavior that is a crime," Kautz said. "What is so frustrating is that we are not talking about a few signs but all of the signs that my supporters had worked so hard to place throughout the city."

The signs cost $2 each, but Kautz plans to replace them. A number of volunteers have vowed to help, she said.

She filed a police report, and police are looking at surveillance tapes from some of the businesses.Lilburn candidates face offThe Lilburn Woman's Club is sponsoring a candidate forum Monday in Lilburn.

The event, which will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. at City Hall, will allow mayoral candidates Diana Preston and Johnny Christ, as well as council candidates to face off before the Nov. 8 election.

Michael Smith will serve as moderator.

Political Notebook appears in the Thursday and Sunday editions of the Gwinnett Daily Post.

Camie Young can be reached via email at camie.young@gwinnettdailypost.com.

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Comments

Perplexed 3 years, 1 month ago

Why is this even newsworthy. Everyones signs get stolen during elections.

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No_Street_Spam 3 years, 1 month ago

According to the description, it sounds like your signs were illegal. Here are notes from the Gwinnett Political Campaign Sign Ordinance:

"The Sign Ordinance also prohibits certain types of signs and advertising devices such as signs in the street right-of-way, signs on utility poles, and signs attached to traffic control devices."

Gwinnett has a campaign sign ordinance that includes this language:

Prohibited Signs (Section 86-108) The following is a short list of signs or advertising devices that are prohibited (please refer to Section 86-108 of the Sign Ordinance for other prohibited signs or devices): 1. Signs in the street right-of-way (the right-of-way line is typically eleven (11) feet from the curb, or where no curb exists, eleven (11) feet from the edge of pavement). 2. Signs on utility poles or other structures in the street right-of-way. 3. Signs attached to traffic control devices such as “speed limit” or “stop” signs. 4. Portable, trailer, curb or “A-type” signs. 5. Streamers.

Exempt Signs (Section 86-111) 1. One (1) sixteen (16) square foot sign per lot OR up to four (4) signs not to exceed four (4) square feet each per lot are allowed. 2. These Exempt Signs shall not exceed: eight (8) feet above the street grade or three (3) feet above ground level, whichever is greater. 3. These Exempt Signs must be located out of the right of way and at least ten (10) feet from the curb (or edge of pavement if no curbing exists) of the public street. Please note that signs placed in the street right-of-way and on utility poles are PROHIBITED and are subject to removal without notice to the sign owner. 4. Exempt Signs cannot be banners (a Temporary Sign Permit is required for banners; see below). 5. Permission of the property owner is required. 6. A Sign Permit for Exempt Signs is NOT required.

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