Infamous idle signs will make a return in Basalt |

Infamous idle signs will make a return in Basalt

Aspen Times staff report
Aspen, CO Colorado

BASALT – Basalt’s infamous “warning” signs about the two-minute idle limit on vehicles are set to return, albeit in a friendlier way than before.

The signs will be placed a “reasonable” distance behind the “Welcome to Basalt” signs this time rather than right beneath them. The Basalt Town Council directed staff to take down the no-idling signs in May because the pairing was inappropriate. For a motorist whizzing by at 30 mph, the effect was a “welcome” sign with a ominous “warning” in white letters on red background. Town officials joked that it gave the impression there would be public floggings in the courtyard at noon. Council members said in May they received complaints from town residents.

The idle-limit signs were taken down a short time later. They are going back up as separate, free-standing signs next week, according to Town Manager Bill Kane. He sought a green light from council members to erect the signs at the town’s main entrances. There were no objections.

The signs read, in full: “WARNING – 2 Min Idle Limit – Vehicle exhaust is an air pollutant and a health hazard. Please turn off your engine.”

It is a municipal offense to exceed the two-minute idle limit.

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