Archive for Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Evans plans to purchase banners

February 18, 2009

If you think downtown needs a little something to make it look more inviting, you’re not alone.

At Monday’s City Council meeting, J.W. Evans of Evan’s Real Estate asked the council for permission to put up some banners at Fourth and Bury streets to make downtown look nicer.

“Our downtown is needing something and maybe this might help,” Evans said about the 3-foot by 18-inch banners he plans on hanging on the four light poles at the intersection. “It’s nothing big, but after you start it someone might jump on the bandwagon and do it.”

The council liked the idea and unanimously voted to allow Evans to place the banners on the poles.

Councilmember Jason Ward, who said he spoke with Evans about the idea during the weekend, agreed that something needed to be done for downtown, especially when it also coincided with the plans laid out by Bucher, Willis and Ratliff Corporation to revitalize downtown.

“BWR talked to us and showed us what an impact signage can make in a downtown,” Ward said. “I think it’s something that can be done inexpensively. I think it does add value and uniqueness to downtown.”

The council kicked around the idea of expanding the project later to possibly include all of the light poles and change the banners seasonally, but for the time being they will see how Evans’ banners will look.

“You know we spent a lot of money on a lot of things and I think this would be a good investment,” Councilmember Tom Putthoff said. “I think there are a lot of things we can do to beautify downtown. Personally I would like to see some flowers downtown.”

Evans said he wasn’t sure what the banners would say yet or what colors they would be, but he was thinking that they would probably stick with red and white.

At 6:30 p.m. Monday, a special meeting will be held at the council chambers to discuss ideas to revitalize downtown using the strategies from BWR.

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