Skip to comments.Frederick 'Open for Business' signs denied by state
Posted on 01/25/2012 7:27:22 PM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
WASHINGTON - Frederick County wants to make visitors feel right at home with welcome signs highlighting some of its best aspects, but Maryland is blocking efforts to put the signs on state highways.
The signs say, "Welcome to Frederick County. Open for business."
Board of County Commissioners President Blaine Young said he believes politics is to blame for the state's rejection.
"The state feels that government creates jobs. We feel that businesses create jobs and that's why they reject putting our signs on state-operated highways," he said.
"If the State of Virginia can have 'open for business' on their welcome signs, what's the big deal about putting this on our welcome signs?" Young said.
"They [Maryland State Highway Administration] said they [the signs] weren't compliant, and the only thing they think is not compliant is our philosopher," Young said.
The Maryland State Highway Administration disagrees.
"This has nothing to do with that type of an argument," said Charlie Gischlar, spokesperson for the agency.
"This is something that has strictly to do with the manual, uniform traffic control devices," Gischlar said.
Gisler said the state is willing to work with the county on developing alternatives.
Maryland “Freak State” PING!
This is something that has strictly to do with the manual, uniform traffic control devices...
They speak a different language even.
“Welcome to Rat-Infested Maryland”
Most states have budgets for advertising.
You got that right ~ Maryland is NOT OPEN for business.
SHA would be better off allowing the private sector to put up ALL the highway signs.
Years ago as a radio reporter I embarrassed the crap out of the SHA in Caroline County. They put up a new one of those green signs with arrows and mileage pointing toward various towns. Instead of SEAFORD, DE the sign read SEAFOOD, DE.
How about “Welcome to Frederick County. We don’t care how they do it inside the Beltway”
Does Maryland still have the ridiculous “Please Drive Gently” signs?
I guess they’ll have to get the legislature to change the silly rules to be able to do this. States get to put up ornate signs. Why not counties.
When are people going to get the balls to ignore the damn “laws”?
Paul Lepage said he would do it. And did.
Mainers, check my tag.