The Dewey-Humboldt Town Council unanimously approved at its April 2 meeting the design of a 5-foot-by-10-foot welcome sign, hoping it will attract drivers on Highway 69 to turn onto Main Street and visit the town.
The sign will stand about 15 feet above the ground when installed near the Third Street intersection at the highway at the town's southern boundary. The proposed sign will read, in six lines, Welcome to Dewey-Humboldt, "Arizona's Country Town," Main Street Historic Area, Town Hall - Library - Museum, www.dhaz.gov.
Council discussed deleting the last two lines (Town Hall, Library, Museum, and the website address) to streamline the sign, and finally agreed on removing just the website address.
Vice Mayor Arlene Alen said people sitting at the traffic light when it gets installed at Main Street and Highway 69 will want to enter the website into their phone or mobile device for more information. Council member Dennis Repan countered with what he expects will be future laws banning the use of cell phones and other devices while behind the wheel.
D-H resident Angela Peterson related to council that while in Montana recently, she visited Little Big Horn Battlefield National Park and used her cell phone to dial in points of interest on signage. Tourists can listen to a historical narrative at multiple stops along the 4-mile tour road.
"I can't underestimate the power of technology," Peterson said in support of keeping the website on the welcome sign.
Council member Sonya Williams-Rowe voted affirmatively on the motion, but added, "I think it's a huge mistake taking the web address off."
Council had allocated $2,500 in the 2013-14 budget, with another $2,500 proposed for the 2014-15 budget. Alen said the hope was to get the sign in this year at the southern end of town to catch traffic approaching from the Phoenix area, and a second sign using next year's funds for a sign on the Prescott Valley side of town.
Posted: Thursday, April 24, 2014
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David D Nystrom, Dewey-Humboldt, AZ
To: Mayor Nolan, Vice-Mayor Alen & Town Council
As a Board Member and Officer (Secretary) of the Dewey-Humboldt Historical Society, I wanted to thank-you for your recent decision to include reference to our Museum on the new Welcome Sign you approved. Iím sure, this signage along with the Historical Societyís own sign near the American Legion Post (which you also approved of) will help guide visitors not only to our Museum, but also to other businesses and attractions along our historic Main Street.
As a former member of the Town Council, I understand how careful elected officials must be when spending the precious and limited tax dollars in the budget. It is in this spirit, understanding your careful consideration to maintaining a fiscally conservative budget for our Town, that I appreciate the steps you have taken to promote our Town and Main Street.