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Homeowners voice frustration as Tulsa enforces political sign rules

Posted at 8:00 PM, Oct 19, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-19 23:06:08-04

TULSA, Okla. -- Judy Trickey was shocked when six political signs went missing overnight.

Friday morning she caught the culprit in the act, a volunteer from the city, who told Trickey she was breaking the rules.

"The city is running off of one set of policies, procedures, principles. But the community doesn't know what those are," Trickey said.

Staff with Tulsa's zoning department tell 2 Works for You all signs need to be 12 feet from the roadway. They rely on volunteers for pickup, who can choose any neighborhood to canvas.

"Is that selective enforcement? Why 36th St? I've been all over Brookside and there are signs everywhere, Several of the signs are within a foot of the curb," Trickey said.

Trickey said she tried to keep her signs up on a hill and away from traffic. She was surprised to see enforcement continue to come and confiscate them, even as she offered to move it back 12 feet.

He said no, you can't have the sign back. I said, "well, we're two feet from your car can you not just give me the sign back?" Trickey said.

The goal is safety and preventing distractions on the road. Tulsa's zoning and sign official said he asks volunteers to focus on the busiest areas.

"Most people work in the areas where they live or work or maybe they go to church in that neighborhood or things like that. They work in the neighborhoods that they're already in," Michael Rider said.

Rider said he hopes to improve communication with homeowners for the next election cycle.

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