Town introduces formal election sign bylaw

By John Watson, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

To help organize and keep campaigns fair during the upcoming municipal election, the Town of Strathmore is implementing an election sign bylaw to clearly dictate rules on the topic.

According to Director of Strategic and Administrative Services, Kara Rusk, the bylaw is meant to essentially represent housekeeping efforts for clarification, rather than imposing notable restrictions on candidates. 

“This bylaw should help answer questions we receive about elections signs during each municipal election,” she explained. “Our new bylaw sets clear guidelines that help candidates share their messages while keeping sightlines along roads safe.”

She added to her knowledge, there had not been any notable problems regarding the placement of election signs in the past, and if there were grievances, signs were quickly relocated without incident.

“Strathmore is a very respectful community. When signs have been identified as a concern in the past candidates have moved them when our team has reached out to them,” she said.

Mayor Pat Fule added a particular topic of note, which was discussed in council last week, regarding how far signs had to be placed from traffic intersections, as well as what the acceptable size and height of signs could be. 

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