City, county asked to pay for billboard
by Franklin Clark, Reporter -- fclark@cadizrecord.com
May 09, 2012 | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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Jim Manning (above) of the Cadiz Merchants Association spoke to the Cadiz City Council and the Trigg County Fiscal Court about the I-24 billboard advertising Cadiz and Triigg County.</i>
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Jim Manning (above) of the Cadiz Merchants Association spoke to the Cadiz City Council and the Trigg County Fiscal Court about the I-24 billboard advertising Cadiz and Triigg County.

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More than 70 businesses in Cadiz and Trigg County signed a letter saying they want the City and County governments to start paying to maintain the billboard along Interstate 24 at the Tennessee line.

Jim and Char Manning, owners of the Blue Heron in downtown Cadiz, talked to the Cadiz City Council last Tuesday evening and to the Trigg County Fiscal Court on Monday evening on behalf of the Cadiz Merchants Association. Manning said the lease on the billboard, which has been paid for by seven businesses affiliated with the CMA, expires on Sunday, June 10.

“Those merchants mentioned in the letter can no longer afford to pay for the highly desirable … signs advertising our community,” Manning said. “The signs unfortunately will go away if not taken over … by June 10 of this year.”

Neither the Fiscal Court nor the City Council took any action at their respective meetings.

Although they saw the benefits of the billboard, City Council members were reluctant to act until they knew what the Fiscal Court was going to do. Fiscal Court members also saw the benefit of keeping the sign, but like the City Council they wondered why the businesses that signed the letter don’t also front some money for the sign.

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