Rimbey town council has given the thumbs up sign to purchase four new entrance signs for the town from a local supplier.
At its Tuesday meeting council unanimously approved purchasing four Behren signs for the town’s four major entrances including a large double-sided LED backlit sign for the entrance from Hwy. 20.
While council agreed they were happy with the appearance of the sign, they plan to ask local supplier Melvin Durand to make the sign slightly higher off the ground so an event sign can be added and/or flowers.
During last year’s budget deliberations, council earmarked $30,000 to go towards signs and the necessary electrical upgrades needed for the purchase.
The bid to purchase the signs came in at under $23,000.
“The electrical upgrades for the signs are almost completed.
CAO Lori Hillis said that the upgrades cost around $573.00.
In their previous meeting council discussed concerns about having a message board at the bottom of the entrance sign.
“I’m not really against it, but the location scares me,” said Coun. Paul Payson “There are plenty of accidents at that intersection and it may be a distraction. I don’t know if the drivers need something blinking at them.”
Mayor Rick Pankiw said the issue had been discussed previously and it was noted that in front of the Bank of Montreal was the best location for a digital message centre.
The sample sign prepared by Behren Signs, which depicts the entrance sign, that council reviewed at its meeting is only a conceptual design and not the final drawing.