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UPDATE: Welcome-to-Chilliwack signs approved with $190,000 price tag
With zero fanfare or discussion, Chilliwack city council decided on March 4 to spend $190,000 to build four welcome signs on the Trans-Canada Highway.
Six days later, however, the city issued a press release (pasted in full below) which said, in part, that the old signs were "outdated and fell short of current standards."
The signs will replace old ones installed by former Mayor John Les on the highway that read: “Chilliwack — Where Business Grows. Phone the mayor 604-793-2900.”
“It is rare that a city, especially the size of Chilliwack, does not have entry signs welcoming people to the community,” Mayor Sharon Gaetz said in the release. “These four signs will present a professional image to visitors and investors, increase community pride and beautify the highway.”
The project will see 30-foot signs with LED lighting surrounded by landscaping at the eastern and western edges of the city on the highway.
There will also be two rectangular, 10-foot signs on either side of the Vedder Road interchange.
After the results of the first request-for-proposals (RFP) were rejected, the RFP was re-issued “with an increase in the scope and budget for the project,” according to the staff report presented to council.
“The Trans-Canada Highway bisects the City of Chilliwack and is a major connector between the Lower Mainland/Fraser Valley and the Interior of B.C.” the staff report said. “The Chilliwack Entry Sign Project will provide signage along this connector that will greet visitors, investors and residents and help to form their impressions of our community.”
On Dec. 4, the city issued RFP packages to three selected proponents, Knight Signs, Sign Corp and Astrographic Industries.
Proposals were received on Jan. 15 and an evaluation committee ranked Knight Signs’ $189,892 bid with the highest points.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 10, 2014
City of Chilliwack announces new highway entry signs
The City of Chilliwack is pleased to announce the development of new highway entry signs that will welcome residents and travelers along Highway 1 to Chilliwack.
During this year’s Objectives and Measures Session, Chilliwack City Council discussed a new objective to “Portray a Visually Appealing Image”. An entry sign can help brand a community and present a professional welcoming impression to potential investors.
After reviewing a number of different designs, it was determined that presenting inferior signage was not desirable as it would reflect poorly on our community. The old “Phone the Mayor” signs were outdated and fell short of current standards. An improved option for entry signage was brought forward at the March 4, 2014 Council meeting and a contract was awarded to the lead proponent, Knight Signs.
“It is rare that a city, especially the size of Chilliwack, does not have entry signs welcoming people to the community,” said Mayor Gaetz. “These four signs will present a professional image to visitors and investors, increase community pride and beautify the highway.”
The cost of $189,891.78 before tax includes the design and construction of four signs, which will be installed in the spring of 2014. The project will also include lighting and landscaping improvements at the Yale Road overpass.
An evaluation committee ranked the RFP submittals based on information contained within the respective proposals and a technical evaluation was completed and documented prior to opening the financial proposals.
“We are pleased to move forward with our goal of portraying a visually appealing image and believe these signs will communicate that the City of Chilliwack is a professional and welcoming community,” said Mayor Gaetz.