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home : local news : local news May 02, 2016

8/29/2013 1:36:00 PM
New city street signs will be black-on-white; old ones for sale
Robinson is moving ahead on its plan to replace half the street signs in the city after the City Council meeting Tuesday night.

The project covers the area east of Cross Street, as well as replacing missing signs throughout the city.

Instead of the current white text on a maroon background, the new signs will be black text on white reflective thermoplastic, said Public Works Superintendent Lawrence Quick.

The project is expected to need additional workers. The street department will hire up to two part-time workers to help with the sign project and the leaf season. Applications are due 10 a.m. Sept. 5 at the Community Center.

Instead of selling the old signs as scrap, the city will sell them as signs. The sale will be on a first-come, first-served basis, and each sign will cost $5. The date of the sale has not been set. Bids for the new signs are due on Sept. 20.

Also at the meeting, the council took action toward having the zoning commission's current duties formalized under a new plan.

City Attorney Frank Weber said the commission has various duties and responsibilities not clearly stated in the code book, he said.

"We really don't have anything in writing that covers what they are actually doing," he said.

The council approved him to write up new language to revise that section of the city code book.

Alderman Karen Bowman was absent.

In other business the council:

• Approved a zoning variance for 308 S. King St., the property of Jeffrey Hillard. The construction will be a 1,440 square-foot garage.

• Paid $5,000 to Huff Sealing Co. for repairing cracks and sealing the Washington Park Tennis Courts. They arrived earlier than expected, said Parks Superintendent Mike Shimer, and the work is already completed.

• Voted to seek bids for the project to prime, chip and seal streets where storm sewer work was done. The streets include parts of West Walnut, South Coulter and Chestnut streets.

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