Tuesday, April 18, 2017

First City Welcome Sign Installed on Memorial Parkway, River Road

New signs were installed this week. FTM file. 
The City of Fort Thomas installed its first new iron signs on Memorial Parkway and River Road this week.

In June of 2016, Fort Thomas Matters reported that the city's Renaissance Board had asked council to approve a purchase of new city signage that would not only welcome people and residents to the city, but also inform them of what's happening in Fort Thomas.

RELATED: New City Signs Will Welcome, Inform (June 2016)

Constructed out of black iron with a military script font, each permanent sign will have a place to hang thinner, stop-sign like material, easily changeable, advertising different events.

Barre3 Ft. Thomas. This is an advertisement. 
The city was hoping to have the signs in place by the end of the last summer, but the signs had to be modified because the Kentucky Transportation Departments required a bigger setback from the road.

RELATED: New Fort Thomas Signage Will Welcome and Inform

Bids were requested because the expenditure was over $20,000 and Elsmere Ironworks won the bid at $26,883.92.


That will include four custom wrought iron signs, approximately 6x12' and four signs 5x6'. The larger signs were bid at $3,742.20 while the smaller signs cost $2,978.78.

The total price of the bid would not include tax, installation or delivery.

FTM file. 

12 comments:

  1. Well now how nice. Who is going to sand, prime and paint those signs in a few years when rust and look like crap. Very poor choice of material.

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    1. Probably the city maintenance crew that already does that type of work for the city anyways.

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    2. This particular material was chosen because it's galvanized steel and powder coated so it will stand the test of time. So no rust. Just an FYI.

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  2. So randomly placed and not easily able to read while you're driving. And same as above, they'll rust instantly.

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  3. Super hard to read, too. Should have a solid, brightly colored background to ensure legibility.

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  4. It definitely needs serious landscaping under and around it

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  5. I'm sure the landscaping will come. We have a rail made from this same type of galvanized steel and not a spot of rust yet in 10 years. I'm glad they put so much thought into it.

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  6. When I first saw the design published, my immediate thought was that it was visually unbalanced and will be hard to read. But...I wanted to give the benefit of the doubt that it would look better than expected, as renderings on paper don't always do justice to the final product. Now that I see it in situ, I'm admittedly disappointed. Why center all the copy, then stick a silhouette of the tower to the left? It was clearly designed to be completely symmetrical except that tower stuck on the left like an after thought. If the tower was a mandatory inclusion, then the layout could have been more thoughfully considered. The horizontal bars also make the overall design visually busy and actually decreases legibility. Force fitting the copy into a confined space without any clear space doesn't allow the words to register quickly for an easy read as you drive by.

    While the old signs were a bit dated looking, I actually prefer them. It's disappointing to see good money spent on not so good design. I'm curious now about how the design was commissioned and selected. The same thought applies to all those Courtyard Property apartment signs around town that popped up last year. E for Effort but D for Disappointing.

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  7. Not sure who designed and approved these, but the one I saw wasn't even legible driving past against the dark landscape backdrop. Instead of this unnecessary, costly, and poorly implemented signage, I'd rather have the city pay more of basic municipal needs like street resurfacing. We already pay some of the highest taxes in NKY, but I have to pay for street frontage resurfacing on top of high taxes. Difficult to resolve when the city spends its budget on frivolous and ineffective things like this. Be fiscally responsible and pay for the basics first, then use the surplus on these types of things.

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  8. It's ugly let's face it --- but it did catch my eye while texting as I drove up the hill.

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  9. Look at Bellevue sign just down the road. It is more attractive!!

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    1. I Agree the Bellevue sign is more eye catching. I just don't think the design they chose fits with the city. It would have been a nice option for the city to share a few designs (2-4), all that would be the same cost to produce, and let the people of Ft. Thomas vote on one, since we are essentially paying for it.

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