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Wilson council rejects sign idea - at least for now

POSTED: September 16, 2011 7:00 a.m.

A proposal by Wilson Mayor David Criswell to place a “Welcome to Wilson” sign near Interstate 70 was met with a distinct chill during the Sept. 6 meeting of the Wilson City Council.
“I have located what I believe is an excellent location for a sign along Interstate 70,” he said.
Criswell said the site is on the south side of I-70, approximately one-quarter to one-third of a mile west of the Wilson-Lucas interchange. The sign would face toward the eastbound traffic on ground owned by Scott and Cherilee Ward.
In exchange for a long-term lease, Criswell said the Wards requested $13 per month from the City of Wilson.
Criswell requested the sign be owned and maintained by the City of Wilson.
“In the long-term, ownership and maintenance by the city offers the most stability and makes the most sense, just as it does for the new city park,” Criswell said.
“I’d like to see the spray park finished before we take on another project,” Council member Leland Francis said. “Until it’s done, I’m not ready to move on.”

Pick up a copy of the Sept. 15, 2011, edition of the Ellsworth County I-R for more on this story.

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