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OKLAHOMA - Tensions are running high in advance of the second public meeting concerning the proposed turnpike in eastern Oklahoma County.

And, now some residents are saying their signs against the turnpike are being pulled out of the ground.

Several people have reported that their signs have gone missing.

And, at least one resident said he watched the people responsible as they took those signs.

The signs are everywhere in eastern Oklahoma County, protesting the proposed turnpike.

It’s not the wind taking them out though but Choctaw city crews.

“I was very upset, and I felt like being violated at the audacity of it,” said Bruce Boyd.

Boyd said he saw city crews pulling up the anti-turnpike signs but leaving all the political ones.

“They were showing biased prejudiced behavior by government city employees,” Boyd said.

“Those don’t fall within the classification allowed within the right of way, and we pick those up,” said Choctaw city manager Roger Nelson.

Nelson said the only signs allowed in the right of way are the political ones.

And, those candidates have to pay a $300 deposit to have those signs there up to 30 days before an election.

And, he said the city does not discriminate.

“I mean, we called Donald Trump this week!” Nelson said.

Trump has three days to pony up the money, or he’s out as well.

Morgan Wilson is the one distributing the signs.

“350 so far, and then we just today picked up another 250,” Wilson said.  “We’re trying to get as many signs as possible on private property to keep, because we understand that there are ordinances with the right of way and everything so to keep them from being taken.”

The Oklahoma Turnpike Authority Meeting is tonight from 6 to 8 at the Eastern Oklahoma County Technology Center at 4601 N. Choctaw Road.

A spokesperson for the Turnpike Authority tells us an exact route for the turnpike will not be determined until mid March.