Mt. Vernon Register-News

November 19, 2012

Council to discuss wayfinding proposal

They will also discuss an agreement with Tri-County to share project costs

By TESA GLASS
tesa.glass@register-news.com

MT. VERNON — — The City Council will be discussing a proposal for development of a wayfinding system as well as several right-of-way agreements during its meeting slated for 7 p.m. tonight.

The council will discuss an agreement with Found Design, LLC, doing business as Merje, to develop a system of signage to direct visitors to destinations within the city. The move to create a system is being spearheaded by the Branding Leadership Team after a lack of wayfinding was identified as one of the major issues in a recent branding study completed by Roger Brooks of Destination Development.

Under terms of the proposed agreement, Merje would identify the areas where wayfinding is needed, develop a plan for putting up the signs, design the system and help with implementation for $74,350.

In addition to the proposal, the council will be discussing an agreement with Tri-County Electric Cooperative to share costs on putting sewer and electric lines within combined easements, according to City Manager Ron Neibert.

According to the mutual settlement agreement, a claim was made by the city against Tri-County for allegedly encroaching on easements the city granted to Good Samaritan Regional Health Center in the amount of $12,188.31. Tri-County also made a claim against the city in the amount of $2,974.77. The two parties have negotiated a settlement in which Tri-County will pay the city $6,094.15.

A different utility is asking the city to grant right-of-way to construct a fiber optic network.

The council will discuss a right-of-way agreement with Windstream to construct, install and maintain a fiber optic cable system both above ground and under ground and deliver services using the network in certain city right of way.

Under terms of the agreement Windstream will submit plans and specifications for construction and installation of the network for approval by public works and the city engineer.

“The agreement is much the same we recently had with Clearwave to install fiber optic cable,” Neibert said.

Another right-of-way easement will be discussed, this one with the city and Good Samaritan Regional Health Center.

The Trail Easement Agreement, if approved, would allow the Good Sam to develop and allow public use of a recreational trail on a portion of its property.

“The recreation trail shall be used only as a recreation path for walking, running, bicycling and skating and other uses of the Recreation Trail are specifically prohibited, including, without limitation, use of the Recreation Trail by motorized vehicles of any sort except those used by the grantee for the construction and maintenance of the Recreation Trail,” the proposed agreement states.

In other business, the council will:

The council will meet at 7 p.m. tonight at the Rolland W. Lewis Community Building at Veterans Park.