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Downtown banners add personality, we urge city to keep them
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With the holiday season bringing an influx of shoppers to the community, we urge the Antigo city council to take a careful look at a plan to discontinue the downtown banner program.

The Public Works Committee voted unanimously on Oct. 30 to discontinue the long-standing practice of having decorative banners displayed on poles in the downtown region, citing the aging of the pennants and the necessary labor needed to erect them on a recurring basis.

We understand the concerns and agree that shabby banners are a detraction rather than an enhancement.

But to discontinue them altogether?

The city’s beautification efforts along Sixth Avenue are paying dividends and the light poles in that area were designed specifically with brackets to hold the banners. The area is festive and attractive, a template for what could be throughout the region.

Antigo’s downtown—like most small communities—is suffering as retailing changes, but other communities have shown that it can be a vibrant place. Witness Crandon, which has developed a very attractive core out of an area that was once less-than desirable.

Is the banner program too expensive? We haven’t seen any firm dollar costs to suggest that it is. As far as labor, we would suggest that the crews could have some leeway on when the banners are erected and changed so they are not taken away from more pressing duties

Antigo’s banners give the downtown a personality not found in anonymous destinations and we like them. The Public Works Committee will discuss the issue again at a meeting on Tuesday and we urge them to take another look, and perhaps change their recommendation.


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