The task force, which is made up of one Ridgway Town Council member, one Ridgway Planning Commission member, one town staff member, one Ridgway Area Chamber of Commerce member, and one non-RACC business, was formed after a Sept. 16 town council work session. At that meeting, members of the RACC presented the results of a business health survey that concluded that many business owners would like to use temporary sandwich board signs for advertising purposes but current municipal ordinances do not allow for it.
“A lot of merchants in the downtown area would like to be able to do a tent-board type of thing in front of a business that says they are having a sale or something similar to that,” RACC Board of Directors President John Lorimer said on Tuesday. “It’s a matter of working it out so that temporary signage could be allowed in public walkways and there are a lot of stores that are on public walkways. We need to figure out what the right size is for merchants to let people who are driving by know that something special is going on.” Beyond temporary tent-board style signs, Lorimer said other sings like open flags and banners could be discussed as well.
“We need to figure out what else would be acceptable to keep the look and feel of this community,” Lorimer said.
If the task force formulates a temporary signage recommendation, it would then go to the Ridgway Town Council, which will decide whether or not to formally adopt the proposal.
Tuesday’s meeting is open to the public and all Town of Ridgway businesses are encouraged to attend.