ANONYMOUS SIGN – A sign greets motorists along Hebert Road near its intersection with Boudreau Road on Friday morning. The Gazette has digitally altered the photo to obscure the second and third letters in the lower word.
STU SALKELD/St. Albert Gazette
Mysterious sign bandits seem to have struck again in St. Albert.
About mid-week, signs with the mayor’s last name and a vulgarity started appearing around town.
This most recent round of signs follows ones from a couple of weeks ago that said “Crouse apologize.” Earlier in February signs calling the Gazette “bush-league” appeared after that term appeared in one of the paper’s editorials.
Jason Alaeddine, an officer with St. Albert municipal enforcement services, said he personally has picked up about five of the latest signs.
He wasn’t sure how many total signs had been picked up by his fellow officers.
Alaeddine said it’s the first time in his two years with the city that he’s seen insulting signs appear.
Any signs without approval from the city’s planning and development department on public land are subject to removal and fines, he said.
The signs are being stored at the city’s public works facility. The perpetrator could claim them back.
“They’d have to pay the fine first,” Alaeddine said.
This isn’t the first time that signs have appeared that were critical of the mayor and/or city council. During last fall’s municipal election, a group called the St. Albert Think Tank placed ads and billboards that were critical of several of the incumbent city council's decisions.
But spokesperson Gord Hennigar said his organization is not involved in the recent crop of signs.
“We would never go that low,” Hennigar said.
Some people might not like the mayor, but he does spend a lot of time working on behalf of the city, Hennigar said.
“You have to give him some respect,” he said.
Cpl. Laurel Kading of the St. Albert RCMP said there is no police investigation into the signs at this time.