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Scenic Byway signs on the way up

The U.S. Department of Transportation helped fund the Lake Country Scenic Byway road signs that will grace those towns along the route, but each town is looking for a little support for the bases.

Tourism Director and Scenic Byway Board President Cleone Stewart said there will be two 10-by-10-foot signs with double sides at the Highway 59 and Highway 34 corner near Community Alliance Church, and one along Highway 59 South. The signs cost a total of $9,200, and the city paid $1,921 for its portion.

The bases will be built of fieldstone, and access to that stone is what Stewart was asking for yesterday. The Detroit Lakes City Council agreed to let rocks from the scenic overlook wall taken down by Holiday Inn -- if they can be used -- be used for the base of the signs, and it agreed to fund the bases.

Mayor Larry Buboltz suggested the city put in some extra money to have the signs illuminated as well.

"From my point of view, it'll be very, very nice," he said of the illumination.

Stewart said the city could save about $800 by using the rocks from the wall.

The Public Utilities Committee and Public Works Department agreed to do as much work on the signs as possible, and then up to $8,900 will be taken from the liquor store fund to pay for the remaining costs.

Buboltz also said the city will likely pattern the two entrance signs along Highway 10 after the Scenic Byway signs and bases to keep the theme going throughout the city.

In other action, the city council:

• Approved the final plat of the Tower Road Industrial Park and gave second reading to rezoning the property from heavy industrial to light industrial.

• Laurie Mullen of Western Area Cities Counties Organization presented Police Chief Kel Keena with a defibulator for a squad car. Keena said each squad car is now equipped with a defibulator.

• Approved appointment of Dennis Winskowski to the Detroit Lakes Development Authority to replace Dixie Johnson, who has served nine years and cannot be reappointed. Mary Beth Gilsdorf was reappointed to her position on the board.

• Approved the reappointment of Julie Sanders and Sally Oja to the Library Board.