Kansas City to perform sweep for illegal signs April 17

Kansas City crews will do a sweep April 17 for illegal signs on utility poles and in the public right-of-way, and the public is invited to help with the cleanup.

The City Council plans to beef up enforcement against junky signs on public property because they violate city code and clutter up neighborhoods.

All signs picked up by the city will be destroyed.

“This is a targeted use of existing resources to improve the appearance of our neighborhoods,” said Councilman Scott Taylor, who is co-sponsoring a new enforcement ordinance.

Residents are invited to canvass their neighborhoods and remove illegal signs on public property, such as old yard sale, garage sale, promotional and political signs.

The city will provide up to five blue trash bags per requestor at three locations, available 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.

The locations are: Northland Neighborhoods, 3015 Vivion Road; the City’s Neighborhood Preservation Division, 4900 Swope Parkway, First Floor; and Trailside Center, 9901 Holmes Road.

Residents can dispose of illegal signs in the blue bags and set them out on their regular trash day.

Trash crews will pick up the blue bags at no additional charge. The blue bags are intended only for signs and not for other trash.

The City Council will vote April 12 on the measure to make it easier for the city to prosecute people and companies responsible for the illegal signs.

The fine for a first violation would be $20, but after that, offenders could be fined up to $1,000 per illegal sign.