Welcome sign takes on monument statusPublished 10:59am Thursday, May 2, 2013
Visitors of Fergus Falls soon will be welcomed into town with permanent monument signs.
A committee has worked on this monument sign project for about a year, according to Jean Bowman, executive director of the Fergus Falls Convention and Visitors Bureau.
The goal is that the first of seven signs that will pop up around town will be in place by late June. It is the intent that the sign would become a city asset, a non-commercial sign that serves the common good, according to a memo from Bowman to the city council.
“It’s purpose is really just to welcome people,” Bowman said.
Seven locations have been identified to house signage, which were prioritized based on traffic counts and visibility now and in the future. The first location would be along West Lincoln Avenue near Applebee’s.
The committee selected the design finalist for the Fergus Falls welcome sign, which would be 10 feet wide and six feet tall. Members paid particular attention to the ease of upkeep of the sign and natural landscaping.
The cost per sign is about $20,000 and will be covered by funds raised by the sign committee. For the first sign, the CVB and Chamber of Commerce each chipped in $6,000.
The committee did not ask for any city money for the signs. However, Bowman did ask that the city serve as the fiscal host for the fundraising effort. The CVB will lead the fundraising efforts.
The Finance, Personnel and Development Committee at its meeting Wednesday approved a recommendation for the city to serve as the fiscal host and to grant permission for the first sign to be placed in the public right of way. The sign committee has worked with the city to make sure the sign would meet ordinance requirements.