I live in Austin, Texas. The road verge (the strip of grass between my sidewalk and the street) belongs to the city, but I am required to maintain it. We've had a serious outbreak of political and realty signs being put up in our neighborhood in the road verge. It seems like I should be able to do what I please with these signs and that I might even get the perpetrators in some trouble.
But when I google for answers, the question is always whether one owns the strip. I already know that I don't own the strip. But I have one data point: My church is a next to a polling place (also in Austin) and every election there appear dozens of signs in the verge. A person in the church called the cops once and they said, "Since you maintain it, you control it." But this is third-hand information to me.
So my question is: In Austin, Texas, does the homeowner control the road verge and have the right to prevent signs from being placed there? And second, what remedies would I have against a bandit realtor or political campaign office?
If it matters: There is no homeowners association.