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Chamber proposes a new direction for downtown drivers

By: Marci Seither, Colfax Record Correspondent
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For Colfax residents, navigating from South Canyon Way into downtown may not be an issue. However, the Colfax Area Chamber of Commerce believes visitors need help finding their way around town. John Potter, president of the chamber and chairman of the Ad Hoc Sign Committee, showed the Colfax City Council Tuesday night what it will take to create signage that will have the strongest impact on visitors. We had a lot of input from local business owners and community members, said Potter. The Ad Hoc Sign Committee is proposing new signs that will be uniform in appearance and large enough to be easily read. They want to maintain the city's historic railroad theme by using a Depot Yellow background with Sonoma Brown lettering as well as incorporating the Colfax City logo. Each sign will identify the four districts in Colfax: the Downtown District, Fruit Exchange, Uptown District and the I-80 corridor. Potter noted the existing signage in Colfax is not uniform in appearance. Many are in need of repair. With the support of the city council, the committee will now move forward with phase one, which will include the building of eight signs. Joyce Howard, owner of the Naked Rooster Restaurant, has volunteered to head up a team of volunteers willing to put up the signs when they are finished. Ken Delfino, president of Colfax Pride Inc., submitted dates for upcoming events requiring permits from the city: the July 5 Independence Day celebration and the Christmas Winterfestival on Dec. 13. In other council action, Jim Wood, who is heading up the historic caboose restoration project, gave an update on the project. He reported Maurice Wharton of Weimar is willing to donate $10,000 toward the project if matching funds can be raised. Wood also reported the lettering on the caboose will be changed from Northern Pacific to Southern Pacific to accurately reflect the history of the area. The council also presented a resolution to Betty Delgado, who is retiring on March 1. She has served as the Colfax City Treasurer since 1976. Melba Delfino was appointed to the city's Planning Commission.