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January 30, 2014

Council signs off on new signage

By BRIAN SMITH

Weatherford City Council members approved way-finding signs around the downtown and major corridor areas during Tuesday night’s meeting.

Two years ago, city staff presented council with an idea of having a way-finding program used by several Texas cities, including Burleson, Granbury and Fort Worth, according to Director of Capital Transportation Projects Terry Hughes.

Under the program, a private sign company would be able to place specific-type signs on city rights-of-way and then rent spaces to individual businesses. The company would then pay the city a percentage of the income for the use of the right-of-way.

Council agreed to the five-year contract with Baker Clearview Operating LLC, which did signs for the city during the recently completed South Main Street construction projects. All 10 downtown sign locations and all 35 major corridor locations, primarily along Main Street and U.S. Highway 180, have been approved by the city.

According to a staff report, monthly rent for the signs is $50 for a 10-inch by 42.5-inch panel and $75 for a 20-inch by 42.5-inch panel. Two different styles of panels are planned with the downtown area one being more rustic.

The city then gets back 20 percent of the funds plus up to 20 percent of all signage will be directed to municipal locations. The contract is automatically extended unless terminated in writing.

In other activity during the hour-long meeting:

• After many months of study and work, council members gave approval to the Downtown Action Plan.

Two meetings were held last year to get public and business owner input on exactly what they would like to see downtown over the next several years. Work on the plan has already begun with the approval of updated construction codes, and installation of wayfinding signs around the city.

• Approval was granted for library staff to apply for a TexTreasures grant to continue work on the Preserving and Expanding Access to Culture and History project.

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