It's good that the city is taking steps to curb the illegal placement of signs on public property, utility poles or in the right of way between a city sidewalk and the street. Workers in the Office of Central Inspection remove as many of the signs as they can, but they can't keep up – especially during a campaign season. The City Council voted Tuesday to allow trained volunteers to help remove illegal signs. It also voted to authorize fines starting at $50 and rising to as much as $1,000 per sign for repeat violations. That may be appropriate in some cases, but the city needs to not go overboard issuing fines.