(By Brandon Hansen/Chewelah Independent)
Signs for mayor’s campaign taken down…
A Chewelah resident who placed four campaign signs for Mayor Dorothy Knauss last Wednesday afternoon said they’ve been removed without permission.
The signs were placed in the common grassy area between the curb and the sidewalk. The resident said that he had been told the location was legal for political campaign signs. These signs had been paid for before placement.
According to the Chewelah Police Department, this is the first time this has happened this year. It is illegal to remove or take a campaign sign down.
“A person who removes or defaces lawfully placed advertising, including yard signs or billboards without authorization is guilty of a misdemeanor or punishable to the same extent as a misdemeanor,” the Chewelah city ordinance reads. “The defacement or removal of each item constitutes a separate violation.”
The department said it is possible the homeowner may have felt signs were placed along Main Street without their permission and may have removed it without knowing it is legal for a candidate to place them there.