BOC backs agri-tourism display

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By Tia Lynn Lecorchick staff writer

The Morgan County Board of Commissioners (BOC) voted on Jan. 21 to implement the state-funded Agri-Tourism Road Signage Program. The signs will advertise local agri-tourism businesses throughout the county.

Planning and Development Director Chuck Jarrell supported the program but raised concerns about the size of the state-provided signs designed to inform travelers of nearby businesses offering agri-tourism.

“The state signs are a good size for the highways, but may be too big on smaller county roads,” said Jarrell, noting that the proposed state signs are larger than stop signs.

BOC Chairman Andy Ainslie said the board will examine possible size options for any coming agri-tourism sign.

While Southern Cross Ranch is the only business that has yet inquired about the signs, Ainslie noted there are several other businesses around the county that could benefit from these signs.

Ainslie estimated that there could be anywhere from six to 10 signs put up around the county once the board decides on the design and size of the signs.

“We want these signs to have a positive impact for the businesses, but not be overwhelming to the public,” said Ainslie.

“The cost won’t come out of county funds, so we definitely want to take advantage of this, but it’s not a rush.”

The state-program is a joint effort by the Georgia Department of Agriculture and Georgia Department of Transportation to bring greater visibility to local businesses providing agri-tourism.

“We want to be part of the program and move forward with it,” said Ainslie.

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