Kane County sign project delayed

Published: Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014 5:30 a.m. CDT

GENEVA – A signage project for the Kane County Government Center that has been in the works for more than a year must wait some more for Kane County Board approval.

The board Tuesday was poised to approve the $47,399 project, which calls for updated signs on the Geneva campus, at 719 S. Batavia Ave., to make the property easier to navigate.

But plans to install a $13,000 monument sign visible to northbound traffic along South Batavia Avenue prompted board member Becky Gillam, R-West Dundee, to pull the item off the consent agenda.

According to county documents, the masonry monument sign would be nearly 5 feet tall and 8 feet wide with limestone details. With a monument sign already at the government center’s entrance, Gillam questioned the need for a second one and proposed a black sign with white lettering instead.

Board member Mike Donahue, R-Geneva, said the proposed monument sign is more consistent with Geneva’s requirements regarding signs.

Gillam, however, received enough support from the board to remove the monument sign from the original motion to authorize a contract with Parvin-Clauss of Carol Stream. Because of the change, the item was sent back to the committee.

Board Chairman Chris Lauzen stressed that the signage project had been in the works for more than a year. A better time to raise such concerns would have been any time before the board meeting, he said.

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