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Best for candidates to do own work on picking up right-of-way campaign signs. County Kentucky Highway Department Superintendent Junior Brown says it's not a good idea for candidates to let state do their work, for several reasons

Today, March 20, 2000, is the day Kentucky State Highway Commission announced that removal of signs along state highway right-of-way would begin.

"The Cabinet understands that campaign and other signs can be expensive and therefore will not begin removal of such signs until March 20, 2006," Commissioner Marc Williams said in an earlier letter to candidates.

Junior Brown, Superintendent at the Adair County State Highway barn said that his crews will be removing the signs pretty soon. They will be taken to the barn for candidates to pick up, but he advised candidates to take care of the problem themselves.

"We'll do the best we can," Supt. Brown said, "but we can't be responsible for the condition of the signs if we have to pick them up."

The critical factor, he said, is that right-of-way mowing will begin soon, and his crews will have to see that the signs are off the right of way before then.

"More of the mowing is done by contractors now," Mr. Brown said, "and we want to have the right-of-way cleared before they start."

He added, "We're leaning over backward to accommodate the candidates. They paid a lot of money for the signs."

Says candidates making a mistake to let highway department pick up signs

Some candidates had said that they planned to let the highway department pick up the signs and then just go to the barn and pick them up.

However, for several reasons, Mr. Brown said, this is not a good idea.

In the first place, he said, there is no absolute schedule for all the signs to be taken down.

Secondly, there might be more damage to the signs if the Highway Department crews pick them up.

And, thirdly, the signs won't be sorted. "They will likely be in one big pile, and they'll have to go through them to pick out the ones which belong to them," he said.

"The best thing for them to do would be to pick up their signs from the right-of-way and move them," he said.

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