Stonecrest code enforcement officers cracking down on illegal signs

August 25, 20172min1622
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The city of Stonecrest held a swearing-in ceremony at the Aug. 21 City Council meeting for the city’s two code enforcement officers: Al Ferrell, chief code enforcement officer, and Officer W. Kirkland.

The officers have been out in the community responding to calls and are cracking down on signs that are illegally place in right of ways in the city.

“We recently went out and picked up more than 60 signs that were illegally placed,” said Al Ferrell, Chief Code Enforcement Officer.

Placing signs in right of ways such as on the grass adjacent to Turner Hill Road is illegal regardless of the size and type of sign.  This violates the city’s sign ordinance and can carry up to a $1,000 fine per sign.  The offense is a misdemeanor and can go on an individual’s criminal record.

Ferrell said that he and his officers are trying to gain compliance before issuing citations.  “We are encouraging people not to violate these sign ordinances; however, after a warning, we will issue citations,” Ferrell said.

In addition to tackling sign pollution, city officials have posted pictures of several other examples of violations on the city’s web site: To report violations, call the Code Enforcement Department at 770-224-0200 or e-mail You may e-mail pictures with the information sent.

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  • Deidre Freeman

    March 16, 2020 at 4:43 pm

    I received a notification dated 02/26/20, stating the Belmont Ridge HOA will be implementing a mandate allowing all cars parked on the street to be towed. This “policy” is unacceptable. There are a couple of home owners in the Belmont Ridge Subdivision off of Evans Mill Rd that are particularly disturbed by the fact that cars park on the street in front of their homes in this neighborhood. The Belmont Ridge Homeowner’s Association is not mandatory, nor was there any kind of vote taken or any survey of the neighborhood, ascertain that this is a practice that is wanted or needed in Belmont Ridge. I am aware of one, maybe two households that have an issue with people parking their cars on the street, which is not illegal. Towing someone’s car at their own expense is not being a good neighbor and the City of Stonecrest Code Enforcement supporting such action is wrong and not taxpayer friendly. I am requesting that the City of Stonecrest Code Enforcement contact Ms. Joy Livingston, the President of the Belmont Ridge HOA to advise her that the City of Stonecrest does not support this action and that neighbors can hold her and/or whoever calls to have a neighbor’s car/truck towed can be held personally responsible for the cost and that they open themselves and the HOA up to being sued.


    • Robert Smith

      October 14, 2020 at 1:55 pm

      H Hiam reporting tracker trailer rig part at 2869 field spring dr off Hillvale dr there no trucks Prohibit signs Posted weight ton tpav paverucks over weight cause pot holes Subdivisions just got the road pave 4 month ago


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