FAIRFIELD - Officials in Fairfield say they are removing cardboard and plastic signs that don't belong on local roads and can actually cause problems.

Planning and Zoning Director Joseph Devonshuk says posting commercial signs is illegal in many areas. Officials say something so innocent could become a hazard, like signs covering fire hydrants or blocking intersections.

If signs are found within 5 to 10 feet of a public road or right-of-way, the city says it will remove them.

Some agree that the signs have grown into a nuisance, but others think small businesses are hurting enough and should have the right to put signs on the road to advertise.

The planning director says the law is difficult to enforce, but if a commercial sign is put out on a road, a penalty can be imposed ranging from $10 to several hundred dollars.