Sharon Reichard, the city's director of public service, is cracking down on those who place signs illegally.

Sharon Reichard, the city's director of public service, is cracking down on those who place signs illegally.

She said she has hunted down and obtained nearly 100 signs placed in rights of way throughout the city.

She said city employees worked last week to discover the culprits and send them a warning that a $150 per day, per sign penalty can be executed upon them.

The signs were placed between the street and sidewalk of city roadways.

"That is absolutely illegal," she said.

She has tolerated the illegal activity for a time, but the day of reckoning has come.

"Our patience is at the end," she said.

More than a week ago, Reichard said she went on a mission to uproot several illegal signs. She reported her findings during a city council meeting July 20.

During the meeting, she showed photographs of the trunk of her car filled with signs she had taken.

Preliminary findings show that members of organizations in west Columbus, Pickerington, Grove City and even Scottsdale, Ariz. have placed the signs, she said.

She found 16 signs placed by one company, which she said would add up to $2,400 for one day.

Reichard said putting signs in rights of way is a misdemeanor. They can be posted legally on private property with owner permission.

She added her motivation also has to do with community pride and enforcing city ordinances.

"This community takes a great deal of pride in keeping everything trim and neat," she said.