Warwick Watch received an email two days ago:
"Have you noticed all of the signs nailed to the telephone poles on Post Road and Jefferson BLVD? I thought this was illegal? The company name is on all of them. They should be fined and made to take them down. Every other pole has one!" ~Harold
Harold, thank you for alerting this page regarding this matter.
Warwick Watch went out today to check out the amount of signage on utility poles beginning at the intersection of Post Rd and Warwick Ave, continuing down Post Rd towards Airport Rd.
Looks like it's definitely a problem that should not be happening and... it also looks terrible!
There were signs illegally posted on almost all of the utility poles from Warwick Ave/Post Rd all the way to Post/Airport Roads.
Out of just over 30 signs in total that were counted, about half of them were from "Hunter Law Office" 401-353-0060 (black bankruptcy sign). Warwick Watch called the law firm and got attorney Hunter on the phone and asked him why he had his signs posted on the utility poles. His answer, "others are doing it." He also claimed there is an issue of "selective enforcement".
Attorney Hunter really didn't seem like he wanted to hear it. He even stated that he was suing the city of Cranston for this issue of "selective enforcement". Looks like attorney Hunter is trying to prove a point while he "selectively" -and illegally- posts his law firm signs right over the signs of other businesses that are also illegally advertising on utility poles.
What's up with some attorneys these days suing cities for enforcing -or not properly enforcing- their own laws?? Between panhandling and signs on utility poles, what's next? Law firm business must be lagging...
Imagine how many law suits Warwick would be facing if the people starting suing the city for not enforcing their ordinances? Let's start with blighted properties...the city would have to call Hunter to file bankruptcy tomorrow!
According to the city of Warwick Code of Ordinances
Sec. 40-27. - "Posting of Temporary Signs For Business":
"Except as otherwise allowed in this Code and the appendix thereto, it is hereby prohibited and shall be unlawful for any person, corporation, business or other entity to affix or otherwise knowingly cause to be affixed to any telephone pole, electric company pole,traffic control device, lamppost, fence, tree or structure located within any City of Warwick or State of Rhode Island right-of-way any posting, sign or other advertisement intended for the purposes of soliciting business.
Any violation of this section shall upon conviction be punishable as provided in section 1-4 (the violation of any such provisions of this Code or any ordinance shall be punished by a fine not exceeding $500.00 or by imprisonment not exceeding 30 days) of this Code. In addition to duly appointed police officers, the director of the department of public works, or his or her designee shall have authority to enforce the provisions of this section, and to that end shall be authorized to issue summonses of the municipal court to any person who is in violation of the provisions of this section.
(Ord. No. O-99-61, § I, 11-8-99; Ord. No. O-05-35, § I, 11-9-05; Ord. No. O-06-13, § I, 5-8-06)"
When is the city of Warwick going to be proactive with enforcing its own ordinances? At what level of blighted trashiness is the city willing to go to?
Post Road, at the heart of the infamous "City Centre", should be the "Las Vegas" of Warwick.. yet it's looking more and more like the slums of Detroit every day.
Selectively get every single one of those signs removed from all of the utility poles in the city and start mailing out the fines!