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Ask a Cop: Can I remove garage sale signs?

EUSCHER(A Lake Oswego police officer answers readers’ questions each week in this space. To submit a question, call staff reporter Cliff Newell at 503-636-1281 ext. 105 or send an email to cnewell@lakeoswegoreview.com.)

The garage and for sale signs are getting out of control in my neighborhood. I know the city has an ordinance prohibiting them. Can I, as a citizen, take them down?

You absolutely can.

Both LOC 47.04.115 and LOC 47.08 regulate the placement of temporary signs in Lake Oswego. Signs that are in the public right of way, taped to a pole, attached to a tree or placed on a bush — all the signs we typically see — can all be removed.

If you are unsure about where to place a sign, please call Lake Oswego Police Department’s non-emergency line at 503-635-0238 and an officer will help explain where you can and cannot place a sign.  Improperly placed signs are a violation of the city code and subject to a $150 fine per sign.

For more information regarding the posting of temporary signage, please visit the online code at codepublishing.com/or/lakeoswego.

If you have a specific request or see a violation occur, the Lake Oswego Police Department encourages all citizens to contact the non-emergency line at 503-635-0238 and an officer will be dispatched as soon as available.

— Community Service Officer James Euscher