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Rincon council hopes signs show people the way

POSTED: November 25, 2013 8:52 p.m.

Rincon City Council members hope new signs can point the way to what the city has going on.


Council members approved buying two signs, one each from Zebra Graphix and AAA Signs, to place at Freedom Park and the Hinely Community Center.


“A digital sign at Freedom Park will help advertise events there,” City Manager Wesley Corbitt said. “It’s a good opportunity for communication, and a way to generate revenue for the city.”


Corbitt said an estimated 31,000 cars go by Freedom Park every day. The city’s 20-acre site has hosted a Civil War event, the Independence Day celebration and laser show and the Effingham Chamber of Commerce’s annual Oktoberfest.


Corbitt pondered that crowds at the city’s new venue space could be even bigger, which in turn could lead to more consumers at Rincon establishments.


“I’m not sure we wouldn’t get thousands more by advertising events at Freedom Park,” he said. “It may pay itself with the additional business in the city. You’ve got some options there.”


Council member Scott Morgan supported buying the signs, which will be digital. He said the sign at the community center likely will get more exposure, since the traffic signal at Columbia Avenue and 9th Street could have traffic stopped, leading to more people seeing the sign at the Hinely Center.


“This is something we’ve had in the budget for years and haven’t done anything with,” he said.


The council also weighed whether to put one of the signs at city hall. City planner LaMeisha Kelly said many people don’t know where city hall is, and a sign there could help them. But public works director Tim Bowles pointed out that city hall is situated on a curve of Columbia Avenue, with pine trees obscuring the view, so a sign may not be easy to see for those approaching the building.


Corbitt added the city could find revenue to help pay for the signs by allowing businesses to advertise or to allow for greetings. The sign also could promote other city activities, such as Macomber Park and Lost Plantation Golf Course.


“It can be an opportunity for individuals to promote what they have,” he said.


Council members held off an approving an audio-video system for the council chambers, which also would be used for city court.


Council members would have a video set-up similar to that used by Effingham County commissioners, where maps and presentations are projected onto a large screen for all to see. Corbitt said the city also was looking at getting tablets for council members.


“This is so everyone can see everything on the screen,” he said. “It’s the same thing the county uses, so it would be much more than a tablet.”


The city also needs to be recording its meetings, Corbitt said to council members.


“The route we’re talking about is an all-inclusive system that would serve multiple functions,” he said. “The price is high, but it’s talking about gutting everything in here now.”


But council members, at the urging of city attorney Raymond Dickey, wanted to know if there was a cheaper solution to the $29,000 estimate.


“I appreciate Chief Scholl working on getting this together,” council member Paul Wendelken said of the proposal.

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