Topeka Garage Salers Miffed by Sign Ord. Enforcement

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ The city of Topeka is angering some residents who hold garage sales and their shoppers by aggressively enforcing a sign ordinance.

The ordinance prohibits freestanding temporary signs on public rights of way and on private property without the owner's permission.

And city spokesman David Bevens said it has three part-time workers who patrol the city enforcing the ordinance from Thursday through Sunday, prime garage sale time.

Those workers are empowered to confiscate an errant sign. Retrieving it from the city comes with a $30 fee. Someone who wrongly places a sign on private property can be fined $50.

Resident Mary Jo Amirault recently lost all her signs, which cost her a day of sales during a blockwide sale.

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