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Council Opts to Let Others Bid on Gateway Sign Design

In a 3-0 vote at Tuesday night’s council meeting, members decided to let other companies pitch alternative ideas to revamp the Gateway area’s signs.

Graphic Solutions, the company that originally developed the the marker signs for the in 1999, may not be receiving the contract to consult for the area’s new signage program despite city staff recommendation.  

In a 3-0 vote at Tuesday night’s council meeting, councilmembers Robert Ming, Linda Lindholm and Joe Brown decided to let other companies pitch alternative ideas to revamp the Gateway area’s signs. Mayor Paul Glaab and Councilman Gary Capata were absent from the meeting.

“The council decided that they didn’t want to simply rely on proposals from the original company, so we will be embarking on the process of accepting proposals from several other firms,” City Manager Tim Casey said.   

Lindholm and Capata were appointed to work with planning commissioners to review the consulting proposals. Casey said the process would take months to complete.

The designs to be proposed by prospective designers will include freeway markers, monument signs and way-finding signs to better fit the newly rezoned area. Last night’s original staff recommendation was to authorize up to $26,900 in expenses for development of the plan.

The council also:

  • Commended Arya Mehrtash for attaining the rank of Eagle Scout.
  • Introduced the ordinance for a that creates an exception to the prohibition on parking oversized vehicles on city streets between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m. for some local business owners. Consideration for adoption of this ordinance will be on the May 15 City Council meeting agenda.
  • Established a community special events fund in the amount of $15,000, $5,000 of which was allocated to the 2012 .
  • Approved city endorsement of the 2012 La Dolce Vita Italian Festival.
  • Adopted a resolution authorizing application for funds for proposition 1B which supports highway safety, traffic reduction and air quality improvements.
  • Approved plans for the runoff elimination program for Crown Valley Parkway medians.

The City Council meets on the first and third Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. at the  at City Hall, 30111 Crown Valley Pkwy.

Frieda Wales May 03, 2012 at 07:49 PM
It would be nice if the city let residents view and comment ion the signage choices before making a decision. That area is very tricky to navigate by car. There are also businesses down at the North End of Camino Capistrano that are very difficult to find, even with a gps unit.
Debbie L. Sklar (Editor) May 03, 2012 at 07:51 PM
@PCM: excellent suggestions.

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