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Schenectady targets power pole signs

Business owners: Posters cheap way to draw customers

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The signs seem to be everywhere. Little businesses, looking to advertise as cheaply as possible, are stapling signs to power poles throughout the city. That’s illegal — but city officials said they can’t enforce the law even though the ads include the owners’ phone numbers. Legally, they said, there’s no way to tell whether the person who owns the phone also committed the illegal act of hanging up the signs. But Corporation Counsel John Polster ...

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March 16, 2012
7:56 a.m.

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One would hope that the city might have the foresight to realize that the signs increase business which in turn creates jobs and tax revenue. Or is it just another ploy for the city to collect fines from the very people who support it. Wake up city council, you are taxing and fining us to death!

March 16, 2012
9:01 a.m.

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and I would like to add, I am surprised that National Grid has not found a way to turn a profit from this !!

March 18, 2012
11:52 a.m.

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The ILLEGAL signs are an eyesore and totally unregulated. If those merchants wish to advertise, there are companies with APPROVED and properly zoned billboards of all sizes for them to use.

National Grid does not wish to "make a profit" on this because the nails (some rather large) weaken the poles and cause injuries (read: workman's compensation) to its employees.

I do my part of fighting that kind of blight by "neutralizing" the signs. I don't remove them. I cut away or paint over the phone number, or website, rendering the sign useless, but still there as a warning that further placement of signs are a waste of money.

I encourage others who share my disgust of them to do the same.

I obey laws in my advertising; others can too.