by: COURTESY: CITY OF HAPPY VALLEY - AKS Engineering & Forestry is getting a construction contract to build this 'monument' sign for the city of Happy Valley on Sunnyside Road.A project a couple years in the making is finally coming to fruition to give Happy Valley its own gateway monument sign on the northeast corner of Sunnyside Road and 122nd Avenue.

City Manager Jason Tuck noted that City Council directed Happy Valley staffers to move forward with the nearly $100,000 project at a recent work session because of the stretch’s high traffic counts, estimated at 15,000 vehicles each day.

“The council would like a greater positive presence for the city in this highly visible area,” Tuck said. “It has been an eyesore as a concrete foundation from an old church that served as a backdrop for graffiti artists and piles of trash, so we’re also looking forward to getting that cleaned up.”

Councilor Tom Andrusko was the steadfast champion of the project that had started with a proposed construction budget of more than $125,000 in two phases, and is now smaller.

Andrusko was approached two years ago by members of a local moms club who were not happy that such a prominent corner was in such a state of disrepair. Clackamas County, the property’s owner, had demolished the abandoned church to accommodate widening of Sunnyside Road and had left in place the foundation walls to control erosion, so Andrusko informed City Council and Tuck of the issue.

“122nd is a main corridor into our community and deserves a more attractive treatment,” Andrusko said. “We believe cleaning up this corner along with the gateway signage will be a positive improvement for the community.”

Mayor Lori DeRemer had been supportive of the project early on, and slowly they persuaded the rest of City Council through design revisions.

Sherwood’s AKS Engineering & Forestry is in line for a $42,189 construction contract, although there’s some discussion of dropping some or all of the $900 for poles and banners.

Tuck says the city is “working on the final touches of wrapping up a final purchase and sale agreement” that has already set a $62,370 figure with Clackamas County for its half-acre property.

Not all of the property would be used for the sign, and Tuck notes the city will set aside some of it as right of way for a possible right-turn lane in the future.

With the sale completed next month, Tuck expects construction won’t likely begin before March.

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