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  • Business fliers are prohibited on trees or public pole

  • I am noticing more and more temporary business signs at street corners and on telephone poles in residential Medford neighborhoods.
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  • I am noticing more and more temporary business signs at street corners and on telephone poles in residential Medford neighborhoods.
    It is a real eyesore, and it sure seems like this would be illegal. Is it, and if so why isn't the law enforced? I do my own form of enforcement by boycotting all businesses that do this.
    — Trey, via email
    Beauty is often in the eye of the beholder, Trey, but in the case of what we've found taped to signposts, streetlights and telephone poles, we'd likely have a hard time finding someone to disagree with you.
    Whether it's promoting miracle weight-loss products or advertising a home-based business, we too have wondered what's the deal with those signs.
    If you've driven by and thought "there oughtta be a law," well, you're right, and there is, according to Medford Code Enforcement.
    "Posting on any kind of public utility pole or tree is illegal," said an employee there.
    Signposts, utility poles and park trees are all public property, and it's illegal to post signs of any sort on that property.
    We checked the Code Enforcement website, and it's not just get-rich-quick schemes and home day-care centers that are covered by that law. Lost pet fliers and garage-sale signs also fall under the law.
    Code Enforcement just needs to be made aware of the offending sign. They can be reached at 541-774-2016.
    Send questions to "Since You Asked," Mail Tribune Newsroom, P.O. Box 1108, Medford, OR 97501; by fax to 541-776-4376; or by email to youasked@mailtribune.com.
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