Royalton Township trustees in favor of welcome signs

By Tony Wittkowski | Business Reporter | The Herald-Palladium

ST. JOSEPH — Royalton trustees are considering a new way of welcoming visitors to their township.

At Monday’s board meeting, Art & Image – a Benton Harbor sign shop – provided three iterations of signs for trustees to consider.

Supervisor Robert Basselman said trustees liked the designs, however, a few wanted a different stone outlay that would be at the base of the signs.

“We were very pleased with them and asked for a revision to the base to give use some other options,” Basselman said. “They have a stone base and we are looking at different types of stone. The stone they have on there is great, but we want to see different options, too.”

Manager Steve Tilly said the board is contemplating adding one sign a year for four years. Each sign would be about 10 feet long and about 6 feet high.

“They would be two-sided and include the township logo with some LED lighting to give it a little bit of a glow look,” Tilly said. “Underneath, there is a smaller panel that hangs, which could be a used to showcase various township parks, schools and functions.”

The first welcome sign may be near the Hollywood Road and M-63 intersection, Tilly said. Another option is to post one near the township hall.

Basselman said the iterations shown Monday ranged in price from $3,000 to $7,000. The designs were similar, but the prices fluctuated based on size.

The board already approved spending up to $10,000 per sign, which would include installation and running electricity to the site.

The size and design have been decided with only a few details left to be approved, Tilly said.

“Only thing left to be determined is the base and the final rendering,” Tilly said. “Some of the board likes the natural field look for the base. Others like a linear, flat stone look.”

Contact Tony Wittkowski at twittkowski@TheHP.com or (269) 932-0358. Follow him on Twitter: @tonywittkowski.

(Author’s Note: This article was originally published on June 15, 2016)

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