Signs still up at press time; information sent to AG
By LeaAnne Klentzman
It appears the cover-up of Sheriff Milton Wright and his chief deputy has fallen a little short.
As the “Fort Bend Star” has been telling readers for the last several weeks, the chief deputy has violated TxDOT codes and may be facing action from the state. The chief deputy has been told in three letters since June 22 to remove his political signs from the highway and byways of our county. According to the letters, his signs are in violation of the federal and state Highway Beautification Act created in 1964 by President LBJ to prevent non-permitted, unlicensed or gypsy signs from blocking the beauty of the open road.
On Monday, July 18, 2011 Deputy Brady received certified notice from TxDOT that he had five days to get his signs down; his drop dead date was Monday, July 25. If not, the case would be sent to the Texas Attorney General’s office. The week progressed. Few if any signs went down. Then Friday afternoon, more undercover narcotics agents were seen covering up the Brady signs with old Milton Wright campaign signs. Which begs the question–if one sign is illegal, does two make it right? Or is that Wright trying to make it right?
You read that right. Those narcs were out along FM 359 placing re-elect Wright political signs face to face over the Brady signs in an effort to make them appeared to be an unidentified white sign. Those trusty narcs were tethering the two political signs together with office supply “bulldog clips”–two on each side. Hours passed Friday afternoon as the narcs worked their way down FM 359 to FM 723, then both north and south up and down FM 723…covering up signs.
As if out of some kind of TV script, a windstorm blew through Friday evening and knocked the cover-up signs down. As Fort Bend residents began to travel those roads Saturday morning, there it was for all the world to see. Wright’s political signs were laying on the ground or only partially covering the Brady signs. By nightfall Sunday evening, they had all been replaced with the trusty “bulldog clips” and the added protection of a strip of packing tape.
An inquiry to TxDOT revealed that the letter said to remove the signs. In the words of one TxDOT official, “What part of ‘take them down’ does that man not understand?”
So as of press time, the Star has learned that a TxDOT investigator has traveled our highways and the case is scheduled to be referred to the Attorney General‘s office.