A welcoming sign in BE
Welcome to Blue Earth.
Residents and visitors to the city may soon see four signs with that message on them when they drive into town from any direction.
The Blue Earth Economic Development Authority (EDA) voted at their last meeting to proceed with a new sign for the new north industrial park and to purchase four welcome to Blue Earth signs as well.
The four welcome signs would be located on the north and south entrances to town on Highway 169, as well as the two east and west entrances on Highway 16.
The sign at the North Industrial Park would be similar to the one at the West Industrial Park, and would have slots for including the names and logos of the businesses located in the new park. However, the EDA decided to first cover the slots with a removable sign advertising the available lots for sale.
A new sign is not the only thing the EDA decided on for the new park they also decided to change the name. Instead of being called the North Industrial Park, the board opted for the name North Business Park.
The new signs come with a hefty price tag.
The EDA voted to purchase the signs from Precision Signs of Austin, the same company that furnished the new sign at the West Industrial Park.
Their quote was for $16,563 for the North Business Park sign, a 10-foot by 11-foot non-illuminated two-sided structure.
That price jumps to $17,939 to include the removable panel that will advertise the lots being for sale.
The four welcome signs would cost $2,754 each, for a total of $11,017. A lesser expensive version is available at $1,997 each. The cost includes installation.
Blue Earth Chamber of Commerce executive director Cindy Lyon, who was present at the EDA meeting, said that the Chamber and its Business Improvement Committee (BIC) and Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) had all discussed helping with the cost of the signs.
In other business, the EDA board voted to sign a new three-year contract for leasing out farmland the EDA owns.
There were two bids received and the EDA voted to accept the bid of Steve Smith and Jim Meyer at $217 per acre per year. The contract will cover the 2015, 2016, 2017 crop years.
The other bid was from Tim Perrizo at $167.25 per acre each year.
The land is 28.1 acres located north of the Blue Earth Area High School.