Well, in present day Farmington there are a lot of people who probably feel the same way about signs -- particularly the type plunked down in park strips, taped to telephone polls and tacked up to traffic signs.
One of them is Alysa Revell, new head of the Farmington Historic Preserva-tion Committee and resident of a home located on an intersection, she says, has been inundated with unauthorized signs. And she has the pictures to back it up.
Most of the signs are temporary, or at least advertise short-term or one-time events. Sometimes, however, the event passes on and the sign remains. Right now, many signs are left over from political campaigns just decided.
But whether for short-term or permanent situations, political or private announcements, Revell contended the signs have no right to be there, legally.
It's an old problem, hardly common to Farmington alone and Revell certainly isn't first to take up arms against it. She sure won't be the last.
"Actually, it was someone on the historical preservation committee that came up with the idea," Revell recalled. "We have a lot of new members on the committee now and decided we needed to meet and discuss some of the ideas and goals they had. The sign problem came up almost immediately."
Farmington city manager Max Forbush acknowledged Thursday the signs are in violation of city ordinances. He brought the matter before city council members last Wednesday night, asking if the city needs to consider a more consistent enforcement program.
Revell and her fellow committee members, meanwhile, said they are not trying to needle the city, only work with it. They want to start up a volunteer effort to help remove existing signs and report repeat violators to the city.
But last Wednesday night city planner David Petersen told members of the council the city attorney warned against allowing residents to remove signs, unless they are actually placed on private property.
"Typically, we've made about one or two sweeps a year," he said, "remove and impound the signs at the city offices. We can remove signs that are located up to 10 feet from the right-of-way line."
Part of the problem, according to Revell, is that the city's small office staff is hard pressed to keep up with the number of signs being set up, particularly on weekends.
Petersen himself noted that Farmington has just one part-time person available to remove illegal signs, and he has other duties as well. More intensive enforcement might require some overtime hours.
"What I want to know," he asked council members, "is if you will back us up on any new enforcement."
Mayor David Connors and members of the council assured Petersen they would.
"Then we'll get together and bring back a proposal on notification of residents," he said, "and on enforcement."
Whatever city council members decide, they'll find willing allies in Revell, her committee members and, she added, "all those city residents who are tired having their yards trashed up.
"We're offering our help to the city," she concluded. "We want to meet with them, brainstorm with them and see what we can do together to resolve this problem."