We see them all over the streets of Lafayette, "snipe signs" or illegal advertisements on a stick or stake located on the side of the road. "Snipe signs have been a real problem in the city of Lafayette for years," said Jim Parker, Lafayette Zoning Manager.
No one is allowed to put a sign in the public right-of-way according to Lafayette's sign ordinance, but yet they're everywhere. Parker said the department is looking at ways to clear the problem. "We notify offenders, the sign owners and let them know these signs are illegal and we try to get the city cleaned up," said Parker.
In 2008, Parker said the zoning department had a big year after staff came together every Friday to pick signs up from the streets of Lafayette. "We picked up 5,000 signs, illegal signs, off the side of the road and utility poles," said Parker. Efforts by the department slowed down due to limited resources, but residents in the hub city, like Robert Smith, have formed groups in an effort to clean the city. "We have cleaned up our neighborhoods, Northeast Gateway Coterie area," said Smith.
Lafayette Consolidated Government's Chief Development Officer, Kevin Blanchard believes the reason these signs are so common is because citizens are not aware of the law. "We see them everywhere, in fact they're so prevalent that I don't think people realize its illegal. We think how could they be illegal since they're everywhere," said Blanchard. Blanchard explained it's not just about the signs or the litter, but keeping Lafayette beautiful.
"What we're trying to do right now is to remind people to try to be good neighbors and think about what our appearance is as a community and how that reflects sort of our internal pride," said Blanchard. He hopes to have a plan in the works by the end of the year to better reduce the issue.
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