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GREENSBORO, N.C. -- City officials have been receiving complaints about where campaign signs have been palced throughout the city.

Wendover Avenue, High Point Road, Friendly Avenue and North Elm Street are a few of the problem areas.

In Greensboro, signs have to be posted on private property and not in a public right-of-way.

"A good rule of thumb are spaces between sidewalks, the streets, utility poles, utility boxes, fire hydrants, those types of things," explained Mike Kirkman, Greensboro Zoning Administrator.

Overall appearance and safety concerns are the reasons for the city's rule.

City maintenance crews and zoning officials follow-up on complaints and keep an eye out for signs in the wrong spot.

"The city has the right to remove and dispose of any signs that are in the public right-of-way," explains Kirkman.

So far, workers have pulled about 50 campaign signs. These rules apply to not only campaign signs, but also yard signs or any other business that uses these signs to advertise.

Signs have to be taken down seven days after the election.