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Robo-calls being made to combat illegal roadside signs

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STOCKBRIDGE, GA (CBS46) -

You may have seen signs in the right-of-way as you pulled up to a traffic light or a neighborhood corner.

The city of Stockbridge is taking a unique approach to combat those illegal signs by using robo-calling to get its message out to violators. The city will be making robo-calls to violators.

Mayor Mark Alarcon told CBS Atlanta News that the city has collected 734 illegal signs from city streets since February.

Alarcon said storm damage in late February brought in an influx of contractors, many of whom left behind signs.

"We were inundated with contractors from all over the country. I kid you not," said Alarcon.

That's part of what prompted the city to implement the robo-call system.

Violators can get up to 20 calls a day, telling them to come get their signs and pay their fines.

The mayor said complaints about clutter is another reason for the crackdown.

"It's bad, the level of snap sign that this community has had to endure. We have a number of citizens frustrated with the amount of signs," said Alarcon.

City manager David Milliron isn't just backing the mayor's new plan. He's taking pictures of the signs and collecting them himself.

Public works crews and code enforcement officers are doing the same.

"Just as fast as we're picking them up, they been coming out," said Milliron.

Milliron believes the robo-calls will save the city time and money and will get the attention of violators.

"If we're pushing as many as 20 calls to that phone number every day, that's 20 less calls that they're going to get from potential customers," said Milliron.

Anyone who gets the calls will have to go to City Hall to collect a citation before their number will be removed from the system.

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