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SANDY SEEKS ILLEGAL TEMPORARY SIGNS AND THEN PUTS THEM OUT OF SIGHT

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Time is running out for some signs of the times.

The city has unleashed a coordinated effort to remove illegal temporary signs, most placed by real-estate agents and homebuilders trying to lure prospective buyers.Any signs placed on Sandy's street corners, park strips and other public rights of ways are being confiscated and stored behind the city's public works building, where the owners are welcome to retrieve them at no charge.

The practice has some real-estate professionals annoyed with the city. They argue Sandy is the only community in the area in which their signs are being taken down.

"On average we get about six phone calls from Realtors who want to know where their signs are" each week, said zoning administrator Brok Armantrout.

Armantrout credits Mayor Tom Dolan with suggesting that all city employees - from the Public Works, Police and Fire departments to community development and administration employees - be asked to nab illegal signs whenever they see them. The result, Armantrout said, is a cleaner, more beautiful city.

Temporary signs are legal when placed on a homeowner's property. They are illegal when placed anywhere else, like on the "park strip" between the sidewalk and street, even if directly in front of a home.

Several real-estate agents contacted by the Deseret News were unsure what the city's ordinance requires and expressed little intent to change their ways.