Criss Furman/Silverton Standard
A Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad train approaches Silverton after a snow storm.
Town trying to avoid looking like it's closed for winter.
Town officials are urging seasonal business owners to not leave their downtown shops boarded up for the winter.
Mayor Chris Tookey and Town Planning Director Bob Nevins have been meeting with shop owners, hoping to address the problem.
A letter drafted by Mayor Tookey was to be sent out to the business owners, but town officials decided instead to meet with the owners themselves.
“The town of Silverton has been working with the Downtown Revitalization Group to improve the downtown business district,” Mayor Tookey said. “One of the items that has been identified as having negative visual impact on the town is the boarding up of storefronts during our winter season.”
In March the 10-member Downtown Revitalization Committee advised the town to pass an ordinance to “disallow” boarded up buildings in the downtown area.
The panel said it would like to see such an ordinance in place by this fall before summer businesses start “boarding up” and bugging out for winter.
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