A number of citizens have recently asked Coweta City Manager Roger Kolman questions concerning the enforceability of the Coweta Sign Code provision setting time limitations on the placement and removal of political signs on private property. The Coweta Sign Code provides in pertinent part, “[N]o political campaign sign shall be erected more than forty-five (45) days prior to any election, nor shall any sign be permitted to remain on any property more than seven (7) days following an election…”.
The City Attorney and the City Manager have discussed the matter and agree that under the First and Fourteenth Amendments to the Constitution of the United States the sign code provision, as written and presumably as would be applied, presents significant concerns.
Consequently, the City Manager has directed Coweta’s City Attorney to review the law and render an opinion concerning whether or not this specific provision of the Coweta Sign Code is valid. In the meantime, the City Manager has directed code enforcement personnel to refrain from taking any regulatory actions in the enforcement of such questioned provision.
It must be noted, however, the provisions of the Coweta Sign Code pertaining to the size, composition, condition, operation, etc., of political signs, as well as the prohibition of the location of such on public property or public rights of way, are not constitutionally suspect and therefore will continue to be enforced.