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Signs may be replaced under new mandate

Thursday, February 10, 2011

All road signs in the city and county, including these at the intersection of County Road 950 North and Kennedy Crossing Street will have to be checked for "retroreflectivity" and possibly be replaced due to new mandates from the Federal Highway Administration. Times Staff File Photo. [Order this photo]
Signs around town may get a fresh new look in upcoming years.

During Wednesday's meeting of the Common Council of the City of Brazil, a motion was passed to submit an application seeking funding to conduct a mandated inventory of all road signs.

City Engineer Brian Pohlar said new requirements from the Federal Highway Administration is requiring all public agencies to take inventory of its signs, check them to make sure they are in compliance for "retroreflectivity" and implement a sign maintenance program.

"The new compliance stipulations come in three phases," Pohlar told the council. "By Jan. 22, 2012, a sign maintenance plan must be in place, all regulatory, warning and ground-mounted signs must meet the new regulations by Jan. 22, 2015, and the same must be done for all overhead guide signs and street name signs by Jan. 22, 2018."

He added the state has a highway system improvement program in which the agencies may apply for up to $50,000 to conduct the inventory, which includes a 10-percent match ($5,000) the city would be responsible for providing.

"If the city submits an application for the funding, it would be awarded sometime in April," Pohlar said. "Then, once the inventory is complete, more funding may be available to assist agencies in replacing the signs and posts, where necessary, in order to meet the new requirements."

The Clay County Commissioners also accepted a motion to submit an application for funding to assist with upgrading county road signs during its meeting Monday.

More information on the retroreflectivity requirements may be found at http://safety.fhwa.dot.gov/roadway_dept/....

Brian Pohlar
Other business during Wednesday's council meeting included:

* Final approval of a resolution establishing a policy to partially reimburse certain employees for the use of private cell phones for city purposes. Clerk-Treasurer Karen McQueen explained the city is moving away from city-funded cell phones and any employees or elected officials wanting to receive the $10 per week stipend (which is considered taxable income) would have to first receive approval from the Board of Public Works and Safety to do so. She added police officers would not be affected by this policy as their cell phone usage is paid for through the deferral fund,

* Final action was approved on a personal property tax abatement for Morris Manufacturing on new equipment, which may allow the company to hire approximately 19 new employees, and

* Tabled an ordinance on a request to place a handicapped parking sign at 5 N. Harrison St., in order to review the area to make sure of the need, along with possibly adding a provision that the space would revert back to normal parking should the time arise in which the handicapped designation would no longer be needed.

The next meeting of the Common Council of the City of Brazil will be 7 p.m., Wednesday, March 9, in the Council Chambers at City Hall.

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Wow. Talk about waste and abuse. Our county doesn't have the 'funds' to clear the secondary roads so our kids won't have a 2-hour delay the week following a FULL week off of school .. what makes them think they'll find funding for sign replacement? lol

-- Posted by Emmes on Fri, Feb 11, 2011, at 12:01 PM

Just one more example of an over-reaching federal government.

-- Posted by Baldgranny on Fri, Feb 11, 2011, at 1:07 PM

what ever the feds say, has to be done, like it or not. they didn't ask for my opinion.

-- Posted by Tracy Jones on Fri, Feb 11, 2011, at 4:43 PM

The way I look at this is the feds telling everyone "Hey, we know youre broke, but do this anyway." But the state is telling communities "Usually we'll mess you over as well, but this time, we have some bucks, just tell us if you want it."

The signs shouldnt be an issue on local elections because the feds are forcing them to do this, but do think of it for national elections.

Local communities have to grab for every grant opportunity they can with state and federal government doing almost everything possible to drive small governemetns into the ground by cutting and limiting revenue opportunities.

-- Posted by axegrinder1313 on Fri, Feb 11, 2011, at 5:11 PM

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