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Council approved contract for new city signs

The city of Sandy continues to work on improving its atmosphere. A new action not only will make finding places in the downtown easier, but it will add to the look of the city.

For a little over a year, city staff have been working on a program to improve signage in Sandy’s downtown. The Wayfinding Signage Program eventually will improve gateway and monument signs, street name signs, signs directing visitors toward parking and directional signs for vehicles and pedestrians headed to local destinations.Photo Credit: POST PHOTO: KYLIE WRAY - The current downtown Sandy sign most likely will be removed when a larger version is installed. The decorative waterfall will remain intact.

After soliciting bids for the completion of the gateway signs and the majority of the parking and vehicle directional signs, staff recommended at the City Council meeting Tuesday, Oct. 21, that the council approve two contracts, one with Ramsay Signs for $23,798 and the other with Zumar Industries for $3,410, totaling $27,208 for the creation and delivery of the new signs.

Installation, including poles and the stone base structure for the gateway sign at the east end of town, is a separate cost, which City Planning and Development Director Tracy Brown said should not cost more than $8,500.

The City Council approved the contract unanimously at the meeting last Tuesday.

Brown said the project was initiated when the city identified a problem with visitors to the area being unable to find local landmarks such as the police station, library, post office, aquatic center and public parking.

“Based on the research we did, this was the best way to help with that,” Brown said. “It will also add a little more vibrancy to the downtown.”

One improvement is the replacement of the current “Welcome to Downtown Sandy” sign with a larger, 6-foot-tall sign, and adding another sign on the other end of downtown Sandy. The signs will be double sided, welcoming visitors on one side and thanking them as they leave.

About 28 directional signs also will be installed throughout the downtown and surrounding areas directing visitors.

According to Brown, this is just the first wave of the project. Eventually, more signs will be placed directing visitors to other destinations outside the downtown. For now, there will still be a few signs helping direct drivers and pedestrians to Meinig Park, Sandy High and Jonsrud Viewpoint as well.

Brown said he expects the second phase of this project to include the installation of signs leading to Tickle Creek.

One of the concerns that city councilors voiced last Tuesday was about the directional signs to public parking.

Councilor Carl Exner was worried that signs directing drivers to the parking lot between Pioneer and Proctor boulevards behind Sandy Family Restaurant will only exacerbate an already crowded situation.

Brown said the city has already been working on a project to install two-hour parking signs in several spots throughout downtown. Signs are expected to be installed over the next few weeks.

He said he hopes this will help with parking spot turnover in that lot.

The gateway signs are expected to be delivered within 90 days of the contract, and directional signs within 30 days.

Brown said he expects installation will happen in the spring of 2015.

Mayor Bill King said he hopes the signs will be installed with an eye for durability in terms of poles and other materials. “I can see teenagers being teenagers,” he said. “I don’t want us to be replacing a lot of this stuff.”

“It’s a long time coming,” said Councilor Lois Colman.

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