The possibility of campaign signs in Hamburg until November was raised by Mayor Dane Weindorf at a short city council meeting Monday night of last week.
Weindorf said two circuit judge races with three candidates each raised the possibility of a run-off election that, by law, would be held in conjunction with the general election in November.
“I don’t want to see campaign signs all over town for that long,” the mayor told the five council members present. City attorney Paul Keith said there could be First Amendment issues with controlling the free speech of candidates, but acknowledged that the state and some cities already have laws and ordinances controlling signage. Keith said he would look at the sign issue and report back.
Even if there is no run-off in the judge races, there are partisan contests to be decided in November including state senator, president, and state representative which could be affected by any signage action taken by the city.
A brief discussion of acquiring a generator to operate a proposed storm warning system during power outages resulted in the matter being postponed until a later meeting when a firmer plan of what the city needs could be presented.
An agenda item regarding a fire marshal was tabled. There was no old business on the agenda and the mayor said department heads had nothing to report.
An open house at the new fire station on North Main Street was announced for March 19. Weindorf said additional scheduling information would be forthcoming.