State law spells out campaign sign rules

It’s an election year and that means campaign signs are appearing.

Elk River City Clerk Tina Allard said two issues seem to generate the most complaints during election season. They are campaign signs in the right of way, and failure to get permission from the property owner before putting up campaign signs.

Political signs of any size are permitted anywhere in Elk River on private property with the permission of the property owner, Allard said. But a state law regulates the placement of those signs with these rules:

•They can’t be placed on public utility poles or trees and shrubs, or painted on rocks or other natural features.

•They can’t be illuminated.

•They can’t be placed in the public right of way. Public right-of-way varies; Allard said a general rule of thumb is to keep signs at least 15 feet from the back of the curb or edge of the shoulder. Signs should be located on the house side of the sidewalk.

State and local road workers will remove any illegal signs. Any removed by the city of Elk River will be taken to the public works garage, 19000 Proctor Road, and can be picked up anytime between 8 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. weekdays.