Classifieds Business Directory Jobs Real Estate Autos Legal Notices ePubs Subscribe Archives
Today is September 23, 2014
home newssports feature opinion fyi society obits multimedia

Front Page » May 10, 2011 » Carbon County News » Helper decides on new use for city hall: a visitor center
Published 1,232 days ago

Helper decides on new use for city hall: a visitor center


Print PageEmail PageShareGet Reprints

By JOHN SERFUSTINI
Sun Advocate associate editor

According to the rules of logic and the Utah Department of Transportation, highway signs directing people to the Helper Visitor Information Center will be permitted only if Helper has a visitor information center.

To UDOT, that means more than brochures in a kiosk. It means having human beings on hand to answer tourist and visitor questions.

So the city, anxious to take advantage of a chance to persuade drivers to exit US-6 and cruise down Main Street, has created such a facility. It is staffed from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, has public rest rooms and full ADA access.

Helper residents already know this facility as City Hall.

In presenting the case for having the municipal offices serve double duty, Mayor Dean Armstrong explained that the city has landed two of the state's scenic byways - the Energy Loop and Dinosaur Diamond. This has put the city in two separate brochures, which is good for tourism.

However, Armstrong noted, "The real key is getting [travelers] off the highway." To do that, the town would need UDOT signs at both ends of town, and to get those signs the city would need a real visitor center.

Once it has the center, the city would be able to put up promotional panels in City Hall or any other place it chooses, such as in the Main Street Park. The city has already invested in designing the three-panel display at the Tucker (Tie Fork) Rest stop, so getting reproductions for in-town use would not be all that expensive, the mayor said.

Before calling for a vote, the council asked city recorder Jona Skerl if answering visitor questions would pose any problems for staff.

"We're already doing that," she replied.

Print PageEmail PageShareGet Reprints


Top of Page


 
Carbon County News  
May 10, 2011
Recent Local News
Quick Links
Subscribe via RSS
Related Articles  
Related Stories



Best viewed with Firefox
Get Firefox

© Sun Advocate, 2000-2013. All rights reserved. All material found on this website, unless otherwise specified, is copyright and may not be reproduced without the explicit written permission from the publisher of the Sun Advocate.
Legal Notices & Terms of Use    Privacy Policy    Advertising Info    FAQ    Contact Us
  RSS Feeds    News on Your Site    Staff Information    Submitting Content    About Us