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"The rules have not been strict, and we don't go around counting or measuring signs," said Lesniak. "I don't know how you'd enforce it. We have people coming in for variances in regards to what we allow, but it's tough to keep an eye on. I ride Route 50 and there are a ton of signs; I'm sure some exceed that 32-square-feet restriction."

Both candidates for council said they have had nothing to do with missing or vandalized signs.

"I can say emphatically I have never removed my opponent's signs," said Southworth.

Mary Beth Hynes, the Republican candidate running against Southworth said she has had to regularly check her signs and replace those that are missing, a chore that can be time-consuming and expensive.

"At $6 a sign, that adds up," said Hynes. "I have seen signs stacked in front of others. My guess is that it's just kids; at least I hope that's what it is. I do not and never will touch or move my opponent's signs."

"We're doing the best we can," said Rohrmeier. "We get complaints from both parties, and then they think we're taking sides."

To put more bite into the town laws, Lesniak said the town board would have to direct the zoning board to make changes, and he conceded the campaign sign ordinances are out of date.

"They (the candidates) are all trying to one up each other, and that's a shame," said Lesniak. "Irrespective of whatever party line they're on, it's completely irresponsible to purposefully block or knock down their opponent's signs."

"We get complaints, but people put their signs wherever they want," said Rohrmeier. "I'm waiting for Election Day to be over so all the signs come down." ""

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