Peachtree City Violates Its Own Sign Ordinance?
So I was out and about today with my Saturday morning chores...as I was driving in and around the area, I saw three fundraisers are being held:
1. Carriage Lane Presbyterian Church - two pre-teens dancing and holding a Yard Sale sign at the corner of 54 and Carriage Lane.
2. McIntosh HS - a gaggle of high-schoolers holding signs for a carwash at the Peachtree East Starbucks.
3. Fire Department Explorers - the big digital traffic safety sign directing cars travelling west on 54 to turn in at Peachtree Crossing/Fresh Market.
One of these things is not like the other, don't you think?
I can see a justification when the Police Department uses their traffic warning signs to direct traffic for safety concerns or for traffic flow like the July 4 festivities and the air show, or a road closure. I can see a justification when the sign is used to advertise public education efforts like CERT and Citizens Police Academy. I don't see a justification advertising for a fundraiser for a loosely-associated City function.
If our government doesn't follow the rules it creates, why do they feel they can justify enforcing the rules on others. If the church or McIntosh had hired a digital sign company to direct traffic to their fundraisers, would Code Enforcement have been on the case?
If this sign is also being used to collect traffic statistics, I would ask that the Police Department also publish those statistics distinctly to show the citizens that their tax dollars aren't be wasted on putting up advertising. I also would ask that, if the City management believes this is not a misuse of government resources, the City extend the courtesy to other groups as needed to increase awareness of other community fundraisers. Put electronic signs out at all of the major intersections and let community groups share their events - it's an extension of what the City allows now on their website and UPDATES newsletter.
City Council - have your staff follow the rules or change the rules, but don't create a inequality in the sign ordinance because you're the City. It sets a bad precedent.