Wisconsin Department of Commerce Newsletter
October 2006
Notification of Public Hearing: Transportation Rule for the Specific Information Sign Program

Picture of blue highway signGovernor Doyle recently signed legislation authorizing blue highway signs for tourism attractions and the Department of Transportation (DOT) was directed to draft administrative rules to govern the program. This legislation allows blue highway signs to display the word "attraction," along with "gas," "food," lodging," "camping" and allows a sign mounted on the specific information sign to identify the attraction.

The DOT will hold a public hearing on the draft rule on Tuesday, November 14, 2006 at 10:30 a.m in Room 144b at the Hill Farms State Office, Madison. Businesses hoping to get a sign or be added to an existing sign will want to review the draft rule and provide their comments to the DOT prior to the close of business on November 14th. The public hearing is the opportunity for small businesses to voice their concerns about a rule before the rule is submitted to the legislature. Comments received electronically through the DOT website bear the same weight as those received at the public hearing. The rule (TRANS 200) and information on how to provide electronic comments can be found at:
dot.wisconsin.gov/library/research/law/rulenotices.htm.

Business Types Designated as Attraction Sites

Cultural

Art/Craft center/shops
Gallery
Museum

Historic Sites/Building
Historic District
Religious sites or Shrines

Retail Tourism

Agribusiness
Bicycle Rental
Brewery (with tour)
Winery (with tour)
Farm Market
Farmers Market

Flea Market
Antique Shop
Candy Store (Primary Business)
Cheese Factory
Ice Cream/Yogurt shop

Recreational

Amphitheater
Amusement Park
Aquarium
Arboretum
Ball Parks
Boat Tour
Botanical Gardens
Civic Center
Coliseum
Concert Hall
Equestrian Center
Fairgrounds

Ski Resorts
Golf Course
Hall of Fame
Hot Air Balloon Rides
Live-Performance Theatre
Marina w/boat rental
Pavilion
Race Track
Theme Park
Stadium
Water Oriented Business
Zoo/Petting

Nature

Beach
Cave
Orchard
Park (Privately Owned)

Pick-your-own fruits/vegetables
Trails
Wildlife Refuge
Game Farm

Other

Casino/Bingo Hall
Farm Tour

Factory Tour
Ferry

Small business owners are encouraged to voice their concerns in the early stage of rulemaking on this or any rule affecting their business. To learn more about how the Small Business Ombudsman can assist small business or to review the rulemaking requirements that state regulatory agencies have to small business visit commerce.wi.gov/BD/BD-FAX-0905.htm or contact Carol Dunn at 608-267-0297 or cdunn@commerce.state.wi.us.

-- Carol Dunn

The newsletter is issued electronically every other month.

Please send comments or questions to Barbro McGinn, editor.

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