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
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.
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.