Candidates running for Grantville City Council seats had their campaign signs removed because of noncompliance.
The signs were removed on Friday, Sept. 29, according to Mayor Doug Jewell, because the signs were not in compliance with city code of ordinances, which says that signs should be at least 10 feet away from the right-of-way of line of any street or highway to which it orients.
Sandra Luttrell, Dee Berry and Alan Wacaser are running for the Post 4 seat currently held by Leonard Gomez, who did not qualify for re-election. Barham Lundy, a former member of the Grantville City Council, is challenging Post 3 Councilman Mark King.
Jewell said city workers were instructed to pick up the signs. He recalled his time of campaigning in 2014.
“I had several of my signs removed,” Jewell said. “Like these candidates, I felt they were in the right spot. Evidently they did not comply, and they picked them up, and I came to city hall and picked them up.”
Jewell said the copy of the code of ordinances was also included in the qualification packet that had to be picked up by candidates.
Jewell said two candidates admitted on Facebook to moving the signs closer to the street after the grass was cut.
City Manager Al Grieshaber said candidates are allowed to place campaign signs after qualification, which ended on Aug. 23.
Signs must be removed seven days after the election.
The Grantville Coalition of Concerned Citizens (GCCC) will hold a candidates' forum on Thursday, Oct. 19 beginning at 6:30 p.m. This event will be held at the Malcolm Clements Recreation Center on Griffin Street.
Meriwether County Commissioner Shirley Hines will moderate.
The city elections will be held Nov. 7. Also on the ballot will be the extension of the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax for Coweta County.
The voter registration deadline for the Nov. 7 election is Oct. 10.