Sharply divided on the issue, the City Council this week voted 3 to 2 to pursue a tougher stand on the posting of political campaign posters.
The vote directed the city's staff to have an ordinance drafted for a public hearing at the council's next meeting, March 11.
At issue is a proposal to put teeth in the city's existing ordinance regulating noncommercial signs, including campaign placards. The change would allow the city to assess its removal costs for any signs posted in prohibited areas.
Mayor Walter K. Bowman, along with Councilwomen Cecilia L. Age and Gail H. Kerry, support a stricter law. Councilwoman Mary Ann Jones and Councilman Tom Carroll oppose it.