Sign of the times

Seven years af­ter opt­ing to not use wood on the city’s ‘wel­come’ signs, West Kelowna city coun­cil has had a change of heart

The Daily Courier - - FRONT PAGE - By RON SEY­MOUR

West Kelowna Coun. Bry­den Winsby has claimed vic­tory in a sign de­bate — seven years late.

Coun­cil voted this week to spend $18,000 re­plac­ing two Wel­come to West Kelowna signs at the north and south ends of the mu­nic­i­pal­ity.

The ex­ist­ing signs, fash­ioned from vinyl and alu­minum and made to look like wood, are in poor shape seven years af­ter be­ing erected, coun­cil heard.

The new signs will be made of wood, some­thing that Winsby re­called he favoured dur­ing the “ar­gu­ment” coun­cil had in 2009 over the orig­i­nal signs’ con­struc­tion ma­te­ri­als.

“We went the cheap route then, and now we’ve come full cir­cle,” Winsby said. “I’m not go­ing to say, ‘I told you so,’ just that I’m so happy.”

City staff have al­ready built wood signs for use at mu­nic­i­pal parks, and they’ll be tasked with fabri­cat­ing the new wel­come signs.

“These are en­trance signs into our com­mu­nity. We need to be proud and put our best foot for­ward,” said Coun. Rick de Jong. “Noth­ing looks as good as wood. Real wood.”

So­lar-pow­ered lights at the two signs will be placed in stur­dier con­tain­ers af­ter be­ing re­peat­edly hit by van­dals and thieves over the years.

“We didn’t re­al­ize how sought-af­ter it would be for some of our crim­i­nal el­e­ment,” parks su­per­vi­sor Stacey Hard­ing told coun­cil.

RON SEY­MOUR/The Daily Courier

City coun­cil has voted to re­place two Wel­come to West Kelowna signs at a cost of $18,000. The ex­ist­ing signs, fash­ioned from vinyl and alu­minum and made to look like wood, are no­tice­ably peel­ing and flak­ing. The new signs will be made of wood.

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