Fraser trustees OK Alco Center sign relocation |

Fraser trustees OK Alco Center sign relocation

Reid Armstrong

FRASER – Alco Center management agreed to move the new electronic sign to the south entrance after talks between Fraser Town Attorney Rod McGowan, owners of the Rocky Mountain Chalet and Western Centers, which owns and manages the shopping plaza.

The town will issue a new sign permit and Western Centers will pay to move the sign.

Although sign permits are normally handled administratively, Fraser trustees took a vote on issuing the permit in this case to give staff better direction due to a lack of clarity in the sign code and the controversy surrounding this particular sign, said Town Manager Jeff Durbin.

Trustee Scotty Brent moved and Trustee Steve Sumrall seconded the motion to direct staff to approve the new sign permit. The motion carried 4-3 with Trustee Eric Hoyhtya and Mayor Fran Cook supporting the new permit and trustees Vesta Shapiro, Peggy Smith and Joyce Burford voting against it.

Burford, Smith and Shapiro all said in follow up conversations that they wanted the permit rescinded and the sign to go away completely.

Smith explained in an email: “I didn’t agree with the interpretation of the way the permit was issued, and I strongly believe that this type of electronic signs should not be allowed in small resort communities. Fraser and Winter Park are the only two resort communities in the state that now have this type of sign. I believe it is our duty to protect the night sky and maintain the rural character of this community, which is why I voted against moving that Alco sign.”

After the board approved a permit to move the sign, Durbin recommended that the board adopt a moratorium on electronic message center signs until the planning commission has a chance to review the sign code and make recommendations to the town board.

The board adopted the moratorium unanimously.

– Reid Armstrong can be reached at 970-887-3334 ext. 19610

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