Green Lake Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Liane Walsh, second from left, tells the Green Lake City Council about the history of city signage update efforts. Listening are, from left, Mary-Jo Johnson, Ald. George King, Ald. Diana Galster-Kinas, Ald. Nancy Wells and Ald. Dusty Walker (in foreground).
Green Lake Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Liane Walsh, second from left, tells the Green Lake City Council about the history of city signage update efforts. Listening are, from left, Mary-Jo Johnson, Ald. George King, Ald. Diana Galster-Kinas, Ald. Nancy Wells and Ald. Dusty Walker (in foreground).

Welcome back.

One week after voting 3-2 to recommend removing a large but perhaps outdated city welcome sign along the east side of County Road A, Green Lake alderpersons reversed their decision and voted 3-2 Monday not to remove the sign after all.

Ald. Nancy Wells reversed her position, first voting for the removal last week, then supporting keeping the sign this week.

“Looking at the sign, it’s an interesting sign, and it’s kind of historic, in a way,” she said Monday. “... I think it should be repainted, restored.”

Later in the meeting, Green Lake Renewal board member Mary-Jo Johnson told Wells she disagreed that the sign was historic.

“[The sign has] a logo that the chamber used a number of logos ago,” Johnson said. “I don’t know if I’d really call it ‘historic;’ that’s my personal view on it.”

“Maybe I’ll say ‘nostalgic,’ then, instead of historic,” Wells countered.

Read the full story in the Dec. 14, 2017 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.