Branford Police

The Branford Police Department has requested that Town Hall take steps to remove signs in public right of ways and public property in response to a large number of complaints from residents.

Town department heads are also reporting a drastic increase in complaints, largely due to one person littering town with negative signs.

While signs are not allowed in public right of ways, police are also stating that residents should not touch the signs, and instead report them and allow the authorities to remove them.

Deputy Chief John Alves has been researching the situation amid the growing number of complaints.

“We did receive communication from the State’s Attorney’s Office that while CT has no specific statutes which regulate, or would permit, the taking of signs from public property by a private citizen our larceny statues would still apply,” he explained.

“However, there are several state statutes and some D.O.T regulations which require the removal of non-permitted signs by town officials. Based on the increasing volume of signs throughout town and associated complaints, we have requested the 1st Selectman’s office direct the removal of all signs which are not in compliance with State Statutes or D.O.T regulations.

“Additionally,” he continued, “we request that private citizens do not take signs which do not belong to them.  We will continue to investigate these matters on a case by case basis and take appropriate police action.  If the signs are in violation, they will be removed by town officials in due time.”

The town of Branford does have laws regarding what signs can be placed and for what duration, although they are mainly focused on business signs. The purpose of this law as stated in the code is “to provide needed control and regulations to assure compatibility of signs with the environment in which they are located, to enhance the attractiveness of the Town, to conserve property values in all areas, to protect the public investment in streets and highways and to promote the general welfare and prosperity of the people of the Town.”

As has been noted and witnessed by many residents, although the signs are placed in public areas and then removed by local and state workers, there has been an ongoing campaign to continue to place signs on public property. Residents are encouraged to call in any issues with the signs, and not remove them on their own.

(20) comments

Guest

This is a direct attack on one citizen. This administration loved it when the attacks were on Unk.

What...can dish it but can’t take it?

Guest

exactly...and they are trying to shut down free speech. Disgusting! Makes me feel that one citizen is on to something here!

Guest

This is not an attack on one citizen - the signs are a disgrace! They are an embarrassment for all of our citizens, business owners, visitors, and potential new taxpayers.

Guest

Similar to the political signs we must endure every few years. How about the 'we buy homes' signs, carnival signs and tag sale signs? Be careful what you ask for.

Guest

I agree and I am very happy to see them gone.

BRANFORD

It’s sad that someone would bring up Unk and any attacks that were aimed towards him but the fact of the matter is they were well deserved. He lied about everything from the day you got an office till the day he left he lied lied about contamination he lied about what was going on in town about money and you spend more money on attorneys anybody previous or after has been so please don’t bring up it’s sad that someone would bring up on cross and any attacks that were aimed towards him but the fact of the matter is they were well deserved. He lied about everything from the day you got in office till the day he left he lied lied about contamination he lied about what was going on in town about money and he spent more money on on attorneys and anybody previous or after has been so please don’t bring up uncle Ross. Unk. The same person putting up the signs today also when against the Ross when he drove his car around town with the loudspeakers playing it was a nuisance to the residence of the town of Branford. It seems that’s the only thing he knows how to do the a nuisance. These signs say that our town is CORRUPT . I do not believe for one minute that our town today is CORRUPT. As for the person behind all this he’s hell-bent on making the town and anybody in the office look bad simply because he didn’t get his way. He needs the money to survive ever Denteley because he continuously seems to come back and fight with whoever is in office. In my opinion the signs should be taken down and removed and if they continue to be put up there should be some sort of find that can be levied against him. How’s this does is make the town any anyone that comes into our town or drive-through lights on think that Branford is corrupt and there’s fraud running rampant and it’s wrong. TAKE DOWN THE SIGNS

Guest

dude, please go back to get some remedial education.. your post and its errors are painful to read

Guest

Under the First Amendment to the United States Constitution, freedom of speech is not your freedom to stand on the street corner I start screaming out whatever you want. Freedom of speech, is a United States citizen’s right to voice their grievance to their government. Those red signs that you see around town are doing just that. And the individual who is placing them there has a right voice his grievance to his government whether you like it or not. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_Amendment_to_the_United_States_Constitution

Guest

The RTM should pass an ordinance that charges $50.00 for every sign placed on public property. If someone wants to advertise on public property they should pay for that. The signs are called "lawn signs" for a reason. The signs origins are for people to put on THEIR PRIVATE PROPERTY to show their support for a candidate or a ballot initiative. If people can't convince other citizens to put their signs on their own lawns then their cause is lost and their signs are nothing more than litter.

Guest

Would that apply to the political signs we see every few years?

Guest

If you take down one you must take down them all, including the Closer to Free ride, Tour De Branford, Madd Walk, and many more.

Guest

Non-profits should be an exception with restrictions. A business or resident that wants to relocate to Branford might think twice when they see all these negative signs.

Guest

The signs cost me (and the town of Branford) a house sale). A couple from Guilford loved my house and wanted to place an offer but told my realtor they would not buy in Branford because of the signs and not knowing what was happening here. They decided to take Branford off their list. That is awful! These signs are a total disgrace.

Guest

I was playing golf with a Commercial real estate agent from Hamden that told me he has a biotech company from New Jersey looking to relocate in the shoreline area and he took Branford off the list of showings for land or buildings.

Guest

Yeah really so true and Santa Claus told me if the signs are still up on Christmas Eve he is not going to stop at any houses in Branford!

gobballfan

Whether or not you agree with the signs, a house sale falling through or a company not coming here is not because of a sign. They had other reasons and the signs are an easy out. If they saw signs that said "we love Branford", would they just move here without any hesitation? If it were only that easy.

Guest

agree.... let's keep this objective and not speculate about a one off.

Guest

I completely disagree! Nobody would purchase a home because of “We love Bfd” signs but it is very easy to see how signs calling the town hall corrupt would create pause or certainly add to the list of cons to tip another property in the positive. I do not see a large corporation or business staying away because of the signs. But a family with their largest financial investment and family happiness, I absolutely see that as an issue.

Guest

Meanwhile, Costco East Lyme opens on November 14.

Guest

so, all the volunteers that clean up the road side on litter pick up day are stealing the soda cans from whomever tossed them there?

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