Jasper County Republicans adjust political signs to work around City of Joplin ordinance

The City of Joplin’s ordinance states that political signs can't exceed eight square feet in area, and no more than five feet in height, while being 15 feet away from the curb.
Political Sign Compliancy

JOPLIN, Mo. – The Jasper County Republicans Organization say they have been getting complaints from citizens, alleging the city removed their political signs because they don’t follow size requirements.

“It has to be 15 feet from the road, which we are, a lot of people don’t think we are but we actually measured that off from there and that it can’t exceed 8 square foot which is a 2 by 4 foot sign. So I measured and cut them up into pieces and basically made it compliant which a lot of people didn’t like” said Chairman, Alan Griffin.

The City of Joplin’s ordinance states that political signs can’t exceed eight square feet in area, and no more than five feet in height, while being 15 feet away from the curb.

Some of the republican parties signs did exceed those size limits, so Griffin released a video showing their adjustments of cutting the 4 by 8 signs into four 2 by 4 parts.

“I was kind of being a wise guy I guess, like we don’t have one sign, we don’t have two signs, we have 16 sings so yeah I even did a hashtag City of Joplin. And I’m willing to work with them but I even contacted an attorney before I did that and asked will we be compliant and he said yeah as long as you do it that way and your 15 feet back.”

The video came with its share of complaints including those from the Southwest Missouri Democrats.

“We feel like that’s a bit of a strange response if your trying to follow the laws and ordinances of the community, than you should follow the spirit of the ordinances of the community, we’ve always tried to do that with our sign placements and were still trying to do that with our sign placements this year” said Executive Director, Krista Stark.

Stark added that their biggest concern is accusations against their organization in relation to the cut signs.

“Now that they’ve cut those signs there are some that are not holding up super well so I’m getting complaints and things sent to me like you guys are vandalizing the republican signs. We did not cut those signs, we did not remove them, the city removed them because they didn’t follow the ordinance, and the republicans did the cutting themselves.”

The republican organization does plan on going to the city to try and change the ordinance requirements for the next election year.

“People are going to complain no matter what but I’d like to see it change to where we can be compliant but there’s always a work around” added Griffin.

The city spokesperson says the city has taken down signs that did not follow the ordinance and that it is not unusual, as it happens during most election years.