Tuesday, 20 March 2018 20:31

Council gets look at wayfinding prototype

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Roanoke Rapids City Council got its first look at a prototype wayfinding sign which will provide uniformed signage to points of interest throughout the city.

The project has been a collaborative effort between the Halifax County Convention and Visitors Bureau, the city’s planning and development department and Main Street Development.

Lori Medlin, president of the HCVB, told council the signs will be funded through the Roanoke Rapids occupancy tax. The plan in the first phase includes an electronic welcome sign at the 173 exit of Interstate 95 and 10 wayfinding signs. In the second phase there would be a welcome sign at the 171 exit and additional wayfinding signage.

The signs would direct visitors and residents to locations such as Ledgerwood Field, the Canal Museum, city hall, and other points of interest as well as municipal parking lots, Medlin said. “We still have to tweak the color,” she said. “We think the (city) seal works better. We have to lighten up the gold.”

Express Signs has done the prototype work.

“We’re excited about it,” Medlin said.

“It’s a way to encourage community and economic development,” Planning and Development Director Kelly Lasky said. “The existing signs are inconsistent.”

Main Street Development Director Christina Caudle said the signs “will benefit visitors but the local community will benefit from it, too. It allows our community to be proud.”

There will be a meeting on an implementation plan Wednesday, Caudle said. Then council will be asked to support the wayfinding signs and then the permitting process with the state Department of Transportation will begin.

“I really like these types of signs,” Mayor Emery Doughtie said. “It’s something that can be easily read.”

In another matter, Leah Brewer, owner of therapy dog Elle, presented the fire department a photo collage as a way of thanking its members for their support.

Chief Stacy Coggins told Brewer, “I want to thank Leah and Elle. I wish we could get people to love like dogs do.”

Brewer had Elle do a stop, drop and roll demonstration at the end of her presentation.

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