Crackdown on illegal signs is needed

It’s good that the city is taking steps to curb the illegal placement of signs on public property, utility poles or in the right of way between a city sidewalk and the street. Workers in the Office of Central Inspection remove as many of the signs as they can, but they can’t keep up – especially during a campaign season. The City Council voted Tuesday to allow trained volunteers to help remove illegal signs. It also voted to authorize fines starting at $50 and rising to as much as $1,000 per sign for repeat violations. That may be appropriate in some cases, but the city needs to not go overboard issuing fines.