Thursday, March 6, 2014
Political signs are about to be planted on lawns throughout Goose Creek for the next month.
On Sunday, March 9 signs for candidates running for Goose Creek mayor and city council can be posted. That’s according to Goose Creek Planning Director Sarah Hanson.
Signs may be posted 30 days prior to the April 8 election, according to the city’s sign ordinance.
Each candidate can post one sign per lot, whether it’s residential or commercial, Hanson said. Signs may be up to 8 square feet on residential lots and 32 square feet on commercial lots. Signs may be two-sided.
Signs must be self-supporting and cannot be attached to other signs. They must also be out of the public right of way.
“We ask that they be removed 48 hours after the close of the polls,” Hanson said.
Signs are not allowed in an easement, or in front of green utility boxes.
“The ordinance allows us to issue fines if the candidates don’t work with us,” Hanson said. “Typically, we don’t go that route. Typically, the candidates follow the ordinance.”
Goose Creek City Councilmember Jerry Tekac will be running against incumbent Mayor Michael Heitzler for mayor.
Incumbents Mayor Pro-Tem Kimo Esarey and Councilmember Mark Phillips have filed along with newcomers Debra Green-Fletcher, Victoria Morrell and Gerald Stinson for three open city council seats. Longtime councilmember Marguerite Brown is not running for re-election.