Company Agrees to Take Down Billboards
by: Bill Stamps, January 19, 2012 9:01:00 pm
If you put up a political sign someplace you're not supposed to, or leave it up longer than the law allows, there's a good chance someone from the city will come and remove it.
But when you put up a large billboard without permission it may end up staying there for years. That's what the company Hang 'Em High did. This is Houston City Attorney Dave Feldman.
"For a period of years, we've been trying to get the company to take the signs down and they declined to do so, and citations were issued because of the illegal signs."
Hang 'Em High had illegal billboards in seven different locations. No matter what the city did, the company refused to take them down. That is until now. Feldman says the city has reached an agreement with the company. The city promises to drop all citations and the company promises to take down the signs. Feldman says it's a victory for the city, but there are still plenty of other violators out there.
"It's a long difficult process. The companies that own the billboards that are unlawful have plenty of lawyers and we wind up getting involved in protracted litigation, because obviously the longer the billboards are up, the more money the companies make. They fight us in the court house. Slowly but surely we're getting them down."
All are due to be removed by the second week of February.