Prairie du Chien’s four welcome signs will be refurbished this spring

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By Correne Martin

The four “Welcome to Prairie du Chien” signs at the entries into the city have never been repaired or retouched since they were installed in 1998, and the Prairie du Chien Common Council is acting on that.

During its meeting Tuesday, Feb. 23, the common council approved a proposal from Openwood Studios, of Madison, to refurbish the front of each of the four signs at an expense of $2,025 apiece, or $8,100 total.

The work will include repairing and gluing all checks and cracks, sanding, priming and painting of the sign panel. The signs will actually be removed and delivered to Openwood Studios where two weeks of refinishing will take place. Then, they will be picked up and reinstalled by the Prairie du Chien Public Works Department. The company will supply stain for the posts to be refinished as well.

According to City Administrator Aaron Kramer, half of the funds for this project will come from the city’s contingency fund and the other half from its capital improvements fund.

Alderwoman Jean Titlbach mentioned the comments provided to the city as part of the communities’ First Impressions exchange from late 2014.

“Should we consider moving the signs, especially the one coming from Highway 27, to a more attractive spot?” she questioned.

Alderman Mike “Stubby” Jones also requested the signs be elevated so they’re more visible to passers-by.

Kramer assured that relocation and elevation were both possibilities to be explored between now and when the signs are reinstalled, some time in late April or May.

“They should look, after the touch-up, like they’re brand new signs,” he added, noting that landscaping will be done to complement the fresh look.

Other council business
•Reporting on behalf of Co-Public Works Manager Larry Gates, Kramer briefly discussed the amount of lead, or the lack thereof, in the city’s water system. The topic was prompted by Alderman Ron Leys at a previous council meeting.

Kramer said there are typically some small levels of lead in most city water systems.

“There’s nothing requiring any major treatment,” he stated. “There’s nothing citywide that’s comparable to what you’re seeing in Flint, Mich.”

•The council approved a certified survey map that combines two lots at the intersection of Cliffwood Drive and Vena Court into one developable five-acre lot that will be more attractive for potential business and industry sales.

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