Greendale Officials Deny Stealing Political Yard Signs

Village officials say signs were removed for violating the local sign ordinance.

At least one Greendale resident is convinced that politically-motivated Village officials had a municipal employee steal his yard sign.

The unnamed resident, whose yard sign supported Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker against the current , was so concerned that he contacted local conservative radio talk-show host Mark Belling about the situation.

The Greendale man told Belling about City of Greendale using their employees to pull pro-Walker yard signs from private property/city residents during Belling's January 6 broadcast on News/Talk 1130 WISN.

The resident claimed that he witnessed his yard sign being taken from his back yard by an on-duty village employee, so he followed the worker and asked to have his sign back. When the employee opened the trunk of his vehicle, the man claimed it was full of pro-Walker yard signs, but no pro-Recall signs.   

Todd Michaels, Greendale's Village Manager, said he contacted Belling to set the record straight and even posted a copy of the village's political sign ordinance on the village website.

Michaels says the signs are not allowed on village right-of-ways and are routinely removed by village employees on their normal rounds regardless of the signs' political affiliation. 

He went on to say the employee had no more than five or six signs in his trunk and that they included both pro-Walker and pro-Recall signs. Michaels said the village is continuing to investigate the incident and will release more infomation on Monday, January 9. 


Jason Patzfahl January 10, 2012 at 03:52 PM
Cynthia, the elderly woman in question had an ID, but it is expiring soon, like all ID's do. But now with the more restrictive rules, her incorrect birth certificate will not allow her to get her new ID on time. And by the way, should these elderly people have to pay $ out of their own pockets to get duplicate birth certificates once they have lost that 84-year-old document? Are you willing to drive them to the DMV and wait with them? Are you willing to pay for a new copy of their birth certificate? In a day and age when getting people to vote is like pulling teeth already, why put obstacles in front of them? It is pretty disgusting when it is easier to get a permit to carry a concealed weapon than it is to cast you vote. ~ But we know it is all about denying "certain" people the right, don't we!
Cynthia January 10, 2012 at 04:05 PM
So you are saying because she is elderly she should not follow laws? Do you realize how many thing I have to show ID for? Did I throw a tantrum when I had to show my ID to enroll my kids in school? Did I throw a tantrum when I have to show ID to have a key remade at the dealership? Did I throw a tantrum when I have to show ID to rent a home? There are many, many needs for ID. I don't know of 1 teenager that does not want a license. Why wouldn't a parent get them ID or a DL and prepare their child to be a grown-up? You need ID to get a job, open a bank account, purchase many 'adult' items. Good grief the poor need ID to get entitlements.... Get over the disenfranchising bs and be responsible. Yes, I would take her for a ride to the DMV... you also can 'renew' online. Many people have offered to help this woman get her birth certificate and ID. I don't see you offering any help.... Voter Fraud is out there, it is real.
CowDung January 10, 2012 at 04:46 PM
According to the GAB: "• If driver license is revoked, suspended or expired OR if voter can provide the number but is uncertain if license is revoked, suspended or expired o Voter is asked to provide DL# and last 4 digits of SS# o If they provide just the SS#--they register and vote normally o If they provide just the DL#--they may not register and they may not vote" If the elderly woman in question has a SS#, she can vote. http://gab.wi.gov/taxonomy/term/135
Tony January 11, 2012 at 03:24 PM
Bren, I have tried to explain to my ten year old about the protests. However, he said it best. He was on a class field to the State Capitol. As they were walking up the sidewalk, several protestors spouted their mantra. One of them, assuming automatically just because a Teacher was chaperoning them, that she was on thir side, started in on her. She asked him to stop because there were children present. The man erupted at her. I asked my son, "so, what message do you think he was trying to get across?" "Oh, I don't know, Dad. That they are jerks?" Even children can recognize a tantrum.
ja January 11, 2012 at 09:34 PM
Scott Walker for President of the USA


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