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Ashe Billboard dilemma: Compromise in sight PDF Print
Wednesday, 17 October 2007 06:22

According to Ashe County manager Dan McMillan, a compromise in a billboard controversy is in sight.

Ashe County has a 90-day moratorium on the construction of billboards: a reaction to several complaints that the signs detract from mountain views.

Three residents spoke up about billboards at a public hearing on Monday, one against billboards, and two residents who worked in the billboard industry. Even the billboard workers say ordinances should be in place.


McMillan says the public hearing was promising, in that everyone seemed to agree on the main issue at hand.

Ordinances are definitely needed, he said, because without them, billboards could be placed anywhere in Ashe County.

The planning board is using the 90-day period to come up with ordinances. The next Ashe Commissioners’ Meeting will be held jointly with the planning board on November 5.
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