September 23, 2014 |
When the Elk Grove City Council meets tomorrow night, they will be asked to consider three different funding options for the long-planned wayfinding sign project.
Wayfinding signs, as their name implies, are billboards placed throughout a specific area to help direct out-of-town visitors to points of interest. The program was conceived in 2011 and are part of the Elk Grove's on-going effort to transform the city into a tourist destination.
The program was budgeted at $387,000 but the city's project consultant estimated the cost would be $759,000, or about $11,000 per sign. Because of the costs overrun, city staff asked the consultant to redesign the signs to lower per unit cost which resulted in a cost of $3,500 per sign.
City staff will present three alternatives to the city - an upgraded project, a reduced project, or a mix. The respective cost of each are reported to be $650,000, $250,000 and $457,000.
Tomorrow night's meeting starts at 6 p.m.
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