What a difference a month makes.

What a difference a month makes.

Northland Community Council graphics task force coordinator William Logan, in his routine report on the number of illegally placed signs being removed, failed for the first time in a long time to note an increase from October to November.

Blame it on a little something called an election.

The number of signs removed in November was 394, according to Logan's report, which he issued via e-mail rather than present at the council's monthly gathering.

That figure pales in comparison to October's whopping 1,937 signs removed from the public right of way.

The vast majority of those were campaign signs, Logan said at the NCC's November meeting.

On the other hand, one aspect of the task force's effort showed a marked increase from October to November.

"You will notice a distinct increase in Graphic Violation requests from previous months," Logan wrote in his e-mail to council president Dave Paul.

The report showed 12 instances of outstanding code enforcement complaints, compared with only two that got resolved during November.

The outstanding issues ranged from oversized banners hanging on buildings or fences of businesses, to advertising pennants being flown without a permit, the report stated.

Morse Road dominated the locations for graphics violations.

Logan's report noted only one instance of graffiti "tagging" during the month of November, down from the five cases logged in October.