A committee will consider proposals today made by local businessman Stan Obrenovich at Tuesday night's city council meeting for large signs at Norwalk city limits.
The city limit signs Obrenovich is proposing would be six feet wide and made of recycled plastic, with an advertising life of 400 years.
"I'm coming back to check," he joked.
Each sign would cost about $1,200, Obrenovich said. He added that two community organizations have agreed to donate the cost of one sign each.
The Quilter Sign Shop, operated by WSOS Community Action Commission, Inc., liked the design Obrenovich brought to them so much that they made two large versions to use for marketing and included a blue and gold version in a brochure. The small version Obrenovich brought to show council was white with green writing.
Obrenovich said he is also still selling $60 street number signs in both an "uptown" version and "our town" version to businesses and homeowners. The city limit signs were designed to coordinate with those signs, he said.
"It's something that we need," Obrenovich said of the city limit signs. He suggested the city have at least four signs on roadways entering the city, but said it would be up to city council to decide on location and sign choices.
Lesch said the city has been given a grant to pay for city limit signs so the committee working on the issue will report to council once they have studied the issue.
Jim Sawyer, public works director, said the city has been awarded a grant to pay for a city limit entrance sign at the corner of Lais Road and U.S. 250. He added that a meeting today between city officials and others involved in the project, including local garden club members and a representative from Norwalk Concrete, is scheduled for today.
Garden club members have offered to donate labor for landscaping for the project and Norwalk Concrete has agreed to donate a wall to showcase the sign, Sawyer said. "It may fit in with the grant," he said of Obrenovich's proposal.
Sawyer also told council that work on Bank Street will be complete by the end of the week and the Corwin Street and Woodlawn Avenue projects are on schedule. A rubberized crossing is being installed at the Pleasant Street railroad crossing.
He added that six bids for the second part of the Cline Street project, which includes replacing the waterline, storm water drainage, curb installation and repaving of the road, are now being reviewed. Bids range from $558,000 to $703,000 and a recommendation will be presented to council once the bids have been studied.
In other business, council agreed to a public hearing at 7 p.m. Nov. 6 for proposed changes to zoning legislation. The proposed changes are in response to the recent controversy over Spin To Win, a business that has machines that it calls games of skill, but the city considers games of chance or gambling.
Lesch also told council members that the Ohio Planning Conference honored Norwalk with the Top Comprehensive Plan for cities of less than 100,000 residents.
"It was nice for recognition for the quality of the work" of the several hundred people who participated in the planning process, she said.
The mayor also announced that no regular or planning meeting will be held on the fifth Tuesday of the month. That night has been set aside for trick or treat for Norwalk.