St. Boni discusses new entry signs

By Lorrie Ham

The St. Boni City Council took another look at proposed city entry signage at its March 5 meeting. After further discussion, the council voted to send the matter back to the planning commission with a final council vote on the matter to take place April 16.
The city’s planning/parks commission had invited residents to submit designs for new city entry signs at each end of town along Highway 7 and possibly on County Road 92. The contest ended Dec. 31, 2013, with only two entries submitted, both by Mary Bishop. Planning Commissioner Bishop presented the council with additional options for her design, as requested by the council at a joint meeting of the commission and council on Feb. 19.
Per the council’s direction on Feb. 19, Bishop presented the council with options for the color of the lettering on the signs and curved or straight lettering. The back of the two-sided design as originally submitted included the phrase, “Let the path lead you back to St. Bonifacius.” Bishop proposed changing “path” to “trail.”
Bishop also provided information on different types of material for the signs and the expected cost of each. The council took an informal vote, and although it was not unanimous, the consensus was black curved lettering and changing “path” to “trail” on metal signs. “I’d like to send this back to the planning commission,” said Mayor Rick Weible, who wanted the commission to consider approval of Bishop’s design for the CR 92 signs, a recommendation for the Highway 7 signs and whether or not there should be a reader board in front of city hall.
Councilmember Joe Arwood felt those questions had already been addressed at the Feb. 19 joint meeting.
“When I left that meeting, I thought we had decided on four of [Bishop’s] signs and no reader board,” he said. “It sounds like we’re starting this whole sign process all over.”
Planning Commission Chairman Fred Keller said the local Lions Club had some interest in the signage.
“If the Lions have something to offer, I’d like to see it – especially if they are going to pay for it,” said Weible. He also said he’d like to honor the contest winner by going forward with Bishop’s designs for at least the County Road 92 signs.
“You asked the planning commission for direction on this, but we haven’t done that yet,” said Keller. “We’ve never had the opportunity to present a recommendation to you.”
Weible reiterated the three questions he wanted the commission to consider at the group’s next meeting. He suggested that a final vote on the matter be taken at the council’s April 16 meeting. Weible also encouraged public input on the proposed signage. In a related matter, the council voted to send a pair of proposed new city logos to the planning commission for consideration and/or possible modification. The council would like the commission’s recommendation for a new logo for the city’s website, letterhead and any apparel the city would issue.