A few have missed it, most probably haven’t even noticed it was gone, but when Troy and Jen Knudson remodeled their new office building there was no way around it, the old community sign next to it had to go. You remember it, the one that sat in between their building and the Post Office. Yes that sign. The four-line, weather beaten, plastic sign that had seen better days. It was a Centerville Rotary Club project and for several years the sign promoted community events, held City notices, and celebrated anniversary and birthday wishes. The sign served its purpose while it lasted but in order to help clear the way for the wonderful new brick that was put on the old building that once housed the Centerville Journal Offices the sign had to come down. A worthy sacrifice as the building was saved and is now home to Knudson Masonry where Troy and Jen operate their business. After the sign was gone for awhile some of us got to thinking, could we maybe consider replacing that old plastic lettering sign system with something a little more up to date? A new state of the art digital sign that would allow us to put multiple community events and announcements on it at one time perhaps? It would be great to be able to promote upcoming community events, school activities and of course birthdays and anniversaries all at the same time.
So the research began. Like most projects the question of what will a project like this actually cost came up and seemed to be the biggest hurdle. After looking into it we found out that digital signs are expensive. Like surprisingly really expensive. But the Development Corporation still felt the new sign would be a great addition to the community and a great way keep everyone informed. So we looked into grant opportunities and potential partnerships to see if we could make this sign idea a realistic possibility. Conversations with Ft. Randall Telephone Company’s economic development office went very well. We felt that Ft. Randall’s existing sign location would have the perfect visibility for a double sided sign. They shared our enthusiasm and with their generous investment and contributions to the project we are happy to announce that we are very close to making this digital community sign project a reality. The plan will be to take down Ft. Randall’s current sign and utilize the existing pole that currently sits out front of Ft. Randall’s office building. Ft. Randall has also agreed to cover roughly three fourths of the cost of the sign, with the Development Corporation working to identify the remaining funds needed toward the project. Currently, we are approximately $3,500 away from being able to put the new sign in our downtown. With Ft. Randall’s contributions and use of their pole the sign will be a true community partnership between Ft. Randall, the Development Corporation and the City. The sign will double as a community sign and a new Ft. Randall Telephone Company sign with their logo permanently in the header atop the sign.
For additional fundraising for the project we will be excepting year long announcement calendars from residents in advance for 2017 which will come at a discounted rate. Money raised from this will go to help prefund the project. The normal rate we will be asking for a birthday or anniversary announcement on the sign will be $5 per announcement. If you would like to give us all your 2017 announcements in advance the prepaid discounted rate will only be $25 for unlimited announcements of immediate family member’s birthday and anniversary announcements for the entire year. Funds raised on birthday and anniversary announcements in years to come will also help with future maintenance needs for the sign. And finally, if you feel inclined to contribute or donate to help make the digital community sign project a reality please contact the Economic Development Office at Centerville City Hall for information on how you can help. Thanks for supporting what we feel will be a great addition to our downtown and community.