At least one Greendale resident is convinced that politically-motivated Village officials had a municipal employee steal his yard sign.
The unnamed resident, whose yard sign supported Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker against the current recall effort, was so concerned that he contacted local conservative radio talk-show host Mark Belling about the situation.
The Greendale man told Belling about City of Greendale using their employees to pull pro-Walker yard signs from private property/city residents during Belling's January 6 broadcast on News/Talk 1130 WISN.
The resident claimed that he witnessed his yard sign being taken from his back yard by an on-duty village employee, so he followed the worker and asked to have his sign back. When the employee opened the trunk of his vehicle, the man claimed it was full of pro-Walker yard signs, but no pro-Recall signs.
Todd Michaels, Greendale's Village Manager, said he contacted Belling to set the record straight and even posted a copy of the village's political sign ordinance on the village website.
Michaels says the signs are not allowed on village right-of-ways and are routinely removed by village employees on their normal rounds regardless of the signs' political affiliation.
He went on to say the employee had no more than five or six signs in his trunk and that they included both pro-Walker and pro-Recall signs. Michaels said the village is continuing to investigate the incident and will release more infomation on Monday, January 9.