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Dillon denies use of electronic signs

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DILLON – The Dillon Town Council sent designers of a town landmark project back to the drawing board Tuesday night, when they denied an ordinance that would have allowed the town to use electronic signs at its west entrance.The ordinance was married to an upcoming town development application to construct an LED sign at the corner of Anemone Trail and Highway 6 welcoming drivers into Dillon. The proposed V-shaped, approximately 5 feet by 10 feet signs, would have slowly scrolled information on town events in color to catch the attention of passing motorists in either direction.The idea of the landmark project is to spur economic growth by pulling people off the highway and into the town core.Currently, the town code prohibits signs that include automatic changeable copy. The change in the ordinance would have cleared the way only for the town to use such signs, and not for private businesses.That was a facet of the ordinance the entire council wasn’t sold on.”It’s a philosophical issue … philosophically, I do not believe that we as a town should do this. My position has not changed,” said Councilmember Noel Hess, who spoke adamantly against the ordinance at a work session last month.Dillon residents showed up at the meeting to comment on the ordinance and the sign proposal, which the council wasn’t considering Tuesday.Corinthian Hills resident Linda Wimbush said she opposed the ordinance because she feared it would set a “do as I say, not as I do” precedent in the town.She also voiced concern about the aesthetics of an LED sign.”I think it would be tacky to be truthful,” Wimbush said.Dillon Planning and Zoning Commission member Susan Ray spoke against the ordinance as well, saying she would be uncomfortable with the town changing the rules for its benefit only. Ray said she was unable to attend the planning commission meeting when the ordinance passed by a 3-2 vote, but that she would’ve voted against it had she been present.She cited concerns about placing such as visible sign on the busy Highway 6.”It’s a dangerous intersection and I tend to be a little leery of anything that would be too distracting,” Ray said.The council contemplated tabling the ordinance at the end of the discussion Tuesday, but wound up moving forward with a vote instead.The ordinance failed, with no votes cast in favor.”It might just be – there’s a saying: a good idea at a bad time is a bad idea. Perhaps it fell into that category,” said Mayor Barbara Davis, adding that maybe the ordinance change could come back to the council again in the future.For now, though, the landmark project will move forward without electronics.Local architect Jerry Dokken has worked up three alternatives using reader boards or banners, which the planning and zoning commission will review on Tuesday.


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