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  • Downtown plaza kiosk is spared

    Community bulletin board will not be removed
  • The Ashland City Council has decided to keep a kiosk on the downtown Plaza where area residents post fliers about community events.
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  • The Ashland City Council has decided to keep a kiosk on the downtown Plaza where area residents post fliers about community events.
    After the Ashland Downtown Beautification Committee said the kiosk was unsightly and recommended its removal, dozens of residents posted comments to a city online forum, with most asking the city to leave the kiosk alone.
    The council voted Tuesday to keep the kiosk on the Plaza.
    "The citizens have spoken loud and clear," said Councilor Carol Voisin.
    However, Councilor Greg Lemhouse said some of the comments were nasty and appeared to come from people resisting change.
    He said in several years, when the kiosk likely will need repairs — such as a new roof — he probably will want to see it go rather than invest money to keep it.
    "The countdown is beginning. Its demise is imminent," Lemhouse said.
    A new copper-colored roof would cost about $4,000, but a simpler, slate roof could cost roughly $1,000, city staff estimated.
    In a comment on the online forum, Ashland singer, actor and director Tamara Marston wrote, "Please leave it where it is. Ashland's many artisans and community organizers count on this effective, inexpensive and creative way to promote their events and thus generate attendance and/or income. The current location makes it a central spot for both locals and tourists to get quick information about the vital and thriving culture of our city."
    The city had proposed various alternate locations for a new community bulletin board, but none of those won wide support.
    Some residents agreed with the Downtown Beautification Committee that the various fliers, posters and ads people staple to the kiosk are unattractive.
    "The kiosk is in the most critical location on the plaza — the 'front door.' It is the first thing that everyone sees when they turn from Main into the parking area around the plaza," Kathryn Thalden wrote. "Unfortunately, the present kiosk is a mess. It needs to be moved and replaced with a colorful planting bed or some entry feature that creates a positive image of Ashland."
    A separate information kiosk on the Plaza staffed by volunteers recently received a new copper-colored roof and will next get a new coat of blue, yellow and white paint.
    Staff reporter Vickie Aldous can be reached at 541-776-4486 or valdous@mailtribune.com. Follow her at www.twitter.com/VickieAldous.
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