Campaign Signs

Houston County has sent bills to 18 candidates including Governor-elect Bob Riley charging them for the cleanup of campaign signs still standing more than a month after the election.

Candidates were given until Nov. 30 to remove their signs.

But Houston County Commission Chairman Mark Culver said county crews have removed a total of 99 campaign signs since then.

Culver said the bills aren't meant to be critical of any candidates, but rather to bring attention to the problems caused by abandoned road signs and recover some of the cost of removing them.

Using labor costs, the county determined each sign cost almost $6 to remove.

Houston County Sheriff Lamar Glover had the most signs, with 19. His opponent, Ronald Smith was next with 15. Public Service Commission Jan Cook had 12 signs removed and Riley had eight.