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PHOTO: Sussex Designs New Welcome Signs

Two stone welcome signs costing nearly $50,000 are tentatively approved for Sussex's village limits. Tell us what you think of the stone design in the comments.

The Sussex Village Board has tentatively approved the design and construction of two new welcome signs totaling close to $50,000, according to the Sussex Sun.

The signs became a topic of discussion between the board members after Quad/Graphics donated $36,000 to the cause. However, after obtaining cost estimates from local companies like Halquist Stone, village officials quickly realized they would need to find additional funding.

Approved mock-ups of the signs by Badger Lighting & Signs show them to be 12 feet wide and 7 feet tall. Each side of the three-inch thick stone slab will have additional stone columns to resemble the sign at . They will also have a removable plaque recognizing Quad/Graphics' donation. 

According to Village Administrator Jeremy Smith, the construction of the signs will be up for competitive bidding because of the total cost. Village Board members chose a more expensive stone sign over plastic or metal ones because they would be more durable and represent Sussex in a better light.

Smith added that the final signs will be approved when village trustees approve the winning bid. Village officials are planning to place the new welcome signs outside the right-of-way of Vulcan Quarry and , formerly known as . 

Shombie Hauspie May 21, 2012 at 11:55 PM
More unnecessary spending by the Village? There’s little to no value in these signs, especially in these trying economic times. Does the Village really feel that this is the best way to spend our hard earned tax dollars? I surely don’t. I can think of a thousand ‘necessary’ things the Village could spend this money on, but this isn’t even on the list.
Andy Ambrosius (Editor) May 21, 2012 at 11:59 PM
Doesn't it help that Quad is donating all that money, though? I mean, I understand where you're coming from, but they received money for signs, so they're spending it.
Jill Lane May 22, 2012 at 12:29 AM
The stone looks great. You'd think one of the local quarries would be willing to donate a slab.
SenseForSussex May 22, 2012 at 11:54 AM
I couldn't agree more, Shombie. These signs look awesome, but present little to no value to the Village. Whether Quad donated money or not, there are still dollars coming out of our taxes that simply do not need to be spent. If donations covered the entire cost, I would be perfectly fine with these. Why is fiscal responsibilty so difficult for governement?
Margee May 22, 2012 at 12:26 PM
Do we really need to spend more taxpayer money on this kind of stuff? If donations covered all of the cost, then I'd have no problem with it.
Jodi May 22, 2012 at 01:03 PM
Has anyone from the village board approached one of the local quarries about a possible donation? It looks like there's room for additional recognition plaques on the sign. Wouldn't it look odd to only have Quad recognized for a donation on a stone sign located by 2 local stone companies?

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