Mt. Vernon Register-News

February 15, 2014

City to bid way finding

By TESA GLASS tesa.glass@register-news.com
The Register-News

---- — MT. VERNON — The city will be hearing a request to seek bids for the new wayfinding system.

The need for a system of signs to direct visitors to areas of the city was a weakness discovered in the branding study which was completed several years ago. Since the study, the Branding Leadership Team has been working on the wayfinding system with Merje, the company contracted by the city to complete the wayfinding study and provide options for signage.

Wayfinding is placing signs in key areas to direct visitors. The wayfinding plan was presented in August, and is ready to go to bid, according to City Manager Ron Neibert.

“The plan had to be presented and approved by the Illinois Department of Transportation,” Neibert explained. “In those areas where the signs are placed in their right-of-way, they have criteria for color, location and sign size. We had to present the plan to them, and they have now signed off on the plan.”

Neibert said if the council approves going out for bid during its regular meeting on Tuesday, the signs could start going up in April and the project be completed in early to mid-June.

In addition to the wayfinding bid request, the city council will also be accepting property from the Jefferson County Development Corporation.

The property is located on LaSalle Street, off 42nd STreet behind the Peoples Natonal Bank executive offices. The JCDC received the property as a donation. In 2009, a developer showed interest in using the property for housing for the disabled. However, that development did not go through.

“Our Times Square water tower is also located on the edge of the property,” Neibert said. “In accepting the property from the JCDC, we will have the property where the tower sits.”

The city council will meet in regular session at 7 p.m. on Tuesday at the Rolland W. Lewis Community Building at Veterans Park.