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More signs for the bypass?

Thursday, July 5, 2007

Le Mars City Council members took a look at the price tag of additional bypass signage directing travelers into Le Mars but don't have a final decision yet.

The council discussed existing signs on the bypass, Le Mars welcome signs, attraction signs and the possibility of shared city/county signs.

City Administrator Scott Langel, noting that current bypass signing had earlier been routed by the council and himself by the Department of Transportation (DOT), told council members that the city was responsible for replacement of any of the existing signs and that costs of those signs would be between $15,000 to $20,000 per sign.

Two additional options, Langel said, would be sign overlays of existing signs if approved by the DOT or billboards designating the location of Le Mars. The second would come with an estimated monthly cost of $468 plus land purchase for the sign placement.

Council members, while delaying a final decision, appeared to be considering the replacement of three current signs with new DOT signage and two additional welcome signs at the north and south entrances to the city.

Also under study will be which Le Mars and Plymouth County attractions are to be designated on bypass signs and how they will be designated. The discussion at Tuesday's session stemmed from an appearance by Don Law asking that the new Veterans Memorial Park be among those to be included.

Neal Adler of the Le Mars Chamber of Commerce said they needed to hear from the community on how to get the best use possible out of the attraction signs. The DOT attraction signs have a limited number of slots.

"On the chamber side we will definitely make an effort to reach out to entities that feel they have an attraction such as the Veterans Memorial Park," Adler said. "People then will get their thoughts in, we'll put together a list, and the city will decide from there."

Adler also expressed the need for joint county and city listings. He and Langel were asked by the council to work cooperatively on the potential listings.

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