Mayor William Stortz is aiming to rein in the proliferation of political signs.
Stortz said he would like to see a city ordinance that would block candidates from putting signs on city property.
The goal isn't to keep politicians from putting up signs at Page Park or South Side School, which doesn't happen.
Instead, it would keep signs off the city-owned right of way strips that line municipal roads all over town.
Stortz said the law could bar signs between the sidewalk and the street or could order they be placed at least 6 to 8 feet back from the curb.
He said the main problem with the signs now is that many of them inadvertently block the line of sight for drivers at intersections or pulling out of driveways.
It's not just political signs, either, the mayor said.
He said the ones that bother him most are temporary signs lining the roads that plug a sale in a surrounding town, which doesn't even help a Bristol business.
Stortz said imposing a rule that doesn't discriminate against anyone or prevent political signs from going up would pass legal muster and address a problem.
He said requiring "a little more uniformity" in the placement of signs would keep them away from the pavement, keep them out of vacant lots owned by the city and enhance the safety of residents.
"It will make the city a little neater," Stortz added.
He said he hopes the new law could be in place before next year.
A side benefit, the mayor said, is that political signs placed further from the road would be safer from thieves and vandals.
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