Wednesday, February 04, 2015

Jeff Vaught Ignores Municipal Code

You would think that an individual who has twice run for city council and is now running for mayor would both know, and comply with the sign code regarding political signs.  Well, most folks would, unless they are Jeff  "The Arrogant One" Vaught.

Here is the info from Info on Political Signs in Shawnee

What it says is:  The City of Shawnee regulates the placement and size of political signs. Political signs may not be placed in street or highway rights-of-way. On streets with a sidewalk the sign must be placed behind the sidewalk. On streets or on the side of the street without a sidewalk, signs must be placed at least ten feet behind the curb with some exceptions as noted. On K-7 Highway, I-435 and Shawnee Mission Parkway, signs shall be placed behind the Frontage Road or fence line. On Blackfish Parkway, the right-of-way on the north side of the street west of Park Street is approximately twenty feet in width.

Signs may not be placed on City-owned property (parks, Shawnee Town 1929, fire stations).

The maximum size sign placed on residentially zoned property and agriculturally zoned property with a residence shall be six (6) square feet. The maximum size on commercial, industrial, office zoned property, as well as agriculturally zoned property without a residence is twenty (20) square feet, or thirty-two (32) square feet if the property is adjacent to a street with a posted speed limit of 55 m.p.h. or greater.
The candidate must have permission from the property owner to place their sign on private property. Property owners may remove signs placed on their property without permission

Here is a picture of Vaught's sign, clearly over 20 square feet (closer to 32) and not adjacent to a street that is posted at 55 m.p.h.

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Another touch of irony is that Vaught has repeatedly reminded folks at council and committee meetings that he is in commercial real estate.  So, couple that with his political status you'd think he'd know the rules about political signs on commercial property.  Or, was he willing to "chance it" knowing that if he got caught it could possibly take up to 30 days before he would be forced to remove it?

Proven Leadership?  Ha! Folks who want to lead a city don't violate the municipal code.

Nice going, but, ya got caught Vaught.