ICRC Reminds Public to Follow Sign Rules
Ionia, Mich. — The Ionia County Road Commission reminds political candidates and property owners that signs placed along roads must conform to state regulations. Each year, hundreds of political, real estate, and garage sale signs line roadsides across Michigan. Improperly placed signs can create safety hazards by blocking a driver’s view and can also cause damage to mowing equipment.
“We understand that many of these signs are part of the political process,” said Ionia County Road Commission Managing Director Dorothy Pohl. “Our primary concern is the safety of the motoring public. We would also like to minimize damage to our equipment. We want to make sure these signs do not block the vision of motorists or pedestrians.”
Signs must be placed outside of the road right of way, which for most county roads is 33 feet from the centerline of the existing road. Signs are not allowed within clear vision areas at intersections. All candidates are responsible for obtaining approvals from the adjoining property owner before placing signs. Political signs must be removed within 10 days after the election.
Signs that do not meet these criteria may be removed. Sign owners can pick up any removed signs at the Road Commission yard located at 170 E. Riverside Drive in Ionia, Monday through Thursday from 7 am until 4 pm. Signs not claimed within seven days of their removal may be discarded.