MOUNT VERNON — An electronic sign might be in the future for the Memorial Building if Russell McGibney and the Knox County Renaissance Foundation succeeds in obtaining funding and city approval for the placement and size of a sign.
McGibney came to the Knox County Commissioners Monday with two estimates for the price of a sign, a plan for presenting the issue to the Community Foundation of Mount Vernon & Knox County and the Ariel Foundation for funding, and a plan for getting approval from the city of Mount Vernon to place the sign.
He asked the commissioners for a letter of support for the project to go to the community foundation.
“We’re long overdue for marquee signage for the Memorial Building,” he said. A sign, he added, would give events at the building more publicity and the city and county could also use it for promoting other events, such as the county fair or Dan Emmett Music & Arts Festival.
Based on the two estimates he received from sign companies for double-sided sign that meets the city’s regulations for such signs, the cost should be about $17,000. One company gave a price of $16,500, the other of $17,100.
The sign would be similar to those at the Nazarene Church of Coshocton Avenue and at Lakeholm Church of the Nazarene on Glen Road.
McGibney showed the commissioners pictures of signs that were slightly larger than the maximum size specified in the city regulations for total height and the size of the illuminated area, but, he said, the city has been willing to work with applicants in the past if the differences from city regulations is minor.
The applications for grant funding will go to the foundations right away and if all goes well, “We could have sign up by June,” McGibney said.
The commissioners were receptive to the plan and after some questions about sign placement and the city regulations, they indicated they will provide the letter supporting the project.
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