MAINE DOT BECOMES THE GESTAPO - CONFISCATES ANTI WIND SIGNS IN MOOSEHEAD LAKE REGION

Maine DOT employees removed close to 200 yard signs protesting the Sun Edison and Everpower wind projects proposed for the Moosehead region.  These signs, which read SAVE MOOSEHEAD SAY NO TO WIND were removed from private properties, including business properties. These signs were put up by members and supporters of the Moosehead Region Futures Committee.  When MDOT employees were asked who ordered this, they said "Augusta". Some of the individuals removing the signs said they were personally against wind projects but were ordered to proceed.  And by the way - VOTE NO ON QUESTION 1 signs placed right next to anti- wind signs were not removed - nor were some signs promoting a religious camp.  Is this what America has it come to? Have our first amendment rights been taken away? Is free speech and the right to protest gone?  Does the wind industry now control all of Augusta?

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Comment by Eric A. Tuttle on November 4, 2015 at 10:11am
1. Erecting advertisement on highway.  A person may not post, erect, display or maintain or cause to be posted, erected, displayed or maintained a sign, billboard, panel, placard, poster, notice or other advertising device in, upon or above any highway or so situated with respect to any highway as to obstruct clear vision of an intersecting highway or highways or otherwise so situated as to prevent the safe use or obstruct the maintenance of the highway. The highway is deemed the full width of the road as laid out by the State, county or the town and in any case is deemed to extend 33 feet from each side of the center line of the traveled or built-up portion of the way.
2003, c. 452, Pt. L, §1 (NEW)2003, c. 452, Pt. X, §2 (AFF) .]
If the signs do not, then there is no prohibition of the signs it would seem! 
Comment by Eric A. Tuttle on November 4, 2015 at 9:55am

§1153. -- highways; jurisdiction; removal

1. Erecting advertisement on highway.  A person may not post, erect, display or maintain or cause to be posted, erected, displayed or maintained a sign, billboard, panel, placard, poster, notice or other advertising device in, upon or above any highway or so situated with respect to any highway as to obstruct clear vision of an intersecting highway or highways or otherwise so situated as to prevent the safe use or obstruct the maintenance of the highway. The highway is deemed the full width of the road as laid out by the State, county or the town and in any case is deemed to extend 33 feet from each side of the center line of the traveled or built-up portion of the way.
2003, c. 452, Pt. L, §1 (NEW)2003, c. 452, Pt. X, §2 (AFF) .]
2. Application.  This section does not apply to the State or to a political subdivision of the State or to signs erected or maintained with the approval of the department solely for the purpose of safeguarding, facilitating or protecting travel along the highway.
A. The department may authorize the placing of directional signs of such design as it determines, not exceeding 48 inches in length and 9 inches in width to designate places of interest, to be posted without expense to the State at the junction of roads. [2003,c. 452, Pt. L, §1 (NEW)2003, c. 452, Pt. X, §2 (AFF).]
B. A person, firm or corporation, while working on, under, over or immediately adjacent to a highway, may erect temporary warning or directional signs or signals for the purpose of safeguarding or protecting its workers and facilitating and protecting travel along the highway by the traveling public. [2003, c. 452, Pt. L, §1 (NEW)2003, c. 452, Pt. X, §2 (AFF).]
2003, c. 452, Pt. L, §1 (NEW)2003, c. 452, Pt. X, §2 (AFF) .]
3. Penalties.  The following penalties apply to violations of this section.
A. A person who violates this section commits a civil violation for which a fine of not less than $5 and not more than $500 may be adjudged. [2003, c. 452, Pt. L, §1 (NEW)2003, c. 452, Pt. X, §2 (AFF).]
B. After having been adjudicated as having violated paragraph A, a person who unlawfully maintains any sign, billboard, panel, placard, poster, notice or other advertising device for 10 days after the adjudication is subject to an additional fine of not more than $50 for each day upon which such sign, billboard, panel, placard, poster, notice or other advertising device is maintained. [2003, c. 452, Pt. L, §1 (NEW)2003, c. 452, Pt. X, §2 (AFF).]
2003, c. 452, Pt. L, §1 (NEW)2003, c. 452, Pt. X, §2 (AFF) .]
4. Removal.  The State Police shall remove all signs, billboards, panels, placards, posters, notices or other advertising devices existing within the limits of the highway in violation of this section.
2003, c. 452, Pt. L, §1 (NEW)2003, c. 452, Pt. X, §2 (AFF) .]
SECTION HISTORY
1971, c. 593, §22 (AMD)2003, c. 452, §X2 (AFF)2003, c. 452, §L1 (RPR).

http://www.mainelegislature.org/legis/statutes/23/title23sec1153.html

Sign removal by the MDOT it seems may be Theft by unauthorized taking

Comment by Penny Gray on November 2, 2015 at 6:03pm
Comment by Pineo Girl on November 2, 2015 at 12:29pm

BINGO!!

Comment by Jim Wiegand on November 2, 2015 at 12:21pm

Of course this is what America has become. White collar criminals are running the show and have been for quite some time. We live in a society where nearly everything is being rigged from within. I have been saying for years that many of the people behind the wind industry belong in prison. This list of scumbag sociopaths should include many of the fake experts, a few  conservation group leaders and the called scientists writing up their bogus studies.


It is also the perfect reason to never believe any of them or their supporters when they claim to have a solution for things like climate change that are being done for the greater good.

I have also made the comment that at what point does a rebellious conscienceless kick in with workers like these or those enforcing laws that protect this criminal element. 

Does this ring any bells????????                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

 

 

White-collar crime

White-collar crime refers to financially motivated nonviolent crime committed by business and government professionals. Within criminology, it was first defined by sociologist Edwin Sutherland in 1939 as "a crime committed by a person of respectability and high social status in the course of his occupation".

 I will add to this definition............. Scumbags wearing a suit.

Comment by Long Islander on November 2, 2015 at 10:29am
Comment by alice mckay barnett on November 1, 2015 at 7:56pm

these signs are expensive,,,,,,,,who pays?

Comment by Eric A. Tuttle on November 1, 2015 at 4:27pm

Unfortunately, if the signs sit within the road Right of Ways, or State owned easements there is no real legal recourse. If they are in town, the ROW is generally less, generally 36 to 48 feet total width. HOWEVER............  if out side the ROW and truly on (your own) private property........ there is nothing that prevents a massive Billboard from being erected......... I believe the billboard law signage size limitations only applies to those on leased, rented or state lands. (worth a try) 

Probably the Greenville district supervisor ordered their removal......... and has ties to Luke Muzzey of Plum Creek

Comment by Whetstone_Willy on November 1, 2015 at 12:43pm

One of those neighbors, Mike Dubois, a Lewiston-based attorney, said he kept Lajoie’s sign where it was. He said the sign is on his private property and he believes any city ordinance that requires it to come down would be unconstitutional. Dubois even questioned the city’s ability to restrict signs in the public right of way because it selectively applies that law to political signs.

Dubois said all kinds of signs are placed in the public right of way, including real estate signs, contractors advertising their work and even businesses that have permanent signs in the right of way.

“All these signs are within the right of way so singling out just political or candidates’ campaigns signs amounts to unequal protection of the law,” Dubois said. “Especially when you start regulating the content of what can be displayed.”

http://bangordailynews.com/2012/09/11/politics/elections/lewiston-a...

Comment by Monique Aniel Thurston on November 1, 2015 at 12:36pm

thank you for follow up Richard .

 

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Maine Center For Public Interest Reporting – Three Part Series: A CRITICAL LOOK AT MAINE’S WIND ACT

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(excerpts) From Part 1 – On Maine’s Wind Law “Once the committee passed the wind energy bill on to the full House and Senate, lawmakers there didn’t even debate it. They passed it unanimously and with no discussion. House Majority Leader Hannah Pingree, a Democrat from North Haven, says legislators probably didn’t know how many turbines would be constructed in Maine if the law’s goals were met." . – Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting, August 2010 https://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/wind-power-bandwagon-hits-bumps-in-the-road-3/From Part 2 – On Wind and Oil Yet using wind energy doesn’t lower dependence on imported foreign oil. That’s because the majority of imported oil in Maine is used for heating and transportation. And switching our dependence from foreign oil to Maine-produced electricity isn’t likely to happen very soon, says Bartlett. “Right now, people can’t switch to electric cars and heating – if they did, we’d be in trouble.” So was one of the fundamental premises of the task force false, or at least misleading?" https://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/wind-swept-task-force-set-the-rules/From Part 3 – On Wind-Required New Transmission Lines Finally, the building of enormous, high-voltage transmission lines that the regional electricity system operator says are required to move substantial amounts of wind power to markets south of Maine was never even discussed by the task force – an omission that Mills said will come to haunt the state.“If you try to put 2,500 or 3,000 megawatts in northern or eastern Maine – oh, my god, try to build the transmission!” said Mills. “It’s not just the towers, it’s the lines – that’s when I begin to think that the goal is a little farfetched.” https://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/flaws-in-bill-like-skating-with-dull-skates/

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"Once the committee passed the wind energy bill on to the full House and Senate, lawmakers there didn’t even debate it. They passed it unanimously and with no discussion. House Majority Leader Hannah Pingree, a Democrat from North Haven, says legislators probably didn’t know how many turbines would be constructed in Maine."

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