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POLL: Which Entryway Sign Suits Our City?

Councilman Mark Cerreta presented three signs at Monday night's City Council meeting. Which do you think would look best in North Canton?

City officials are ready to hear your opinions about three proposed entryway signs that will greet motorists and pedestrians as they enter North Canton.

Councilman Mark Cerreta presented the three entryway markers at Monday night's meeting and said he's eager to hear what community members have to say.

New city signage was just one of several changes community members said they wanted to see during . The Master Plan is a road map to future improvements within the city.

"Many residents felt the present signs did not really reflect us as a city," Cerreta said, adding those who attended the Master Plan meetings said they didn't feel a slogan like "The Dogwood City" differentiated North Canton from other cities. Some felt no slogan was needed at all. And others just felt like it was time for something new.

The three proposed gateway signs are made of brick, stone and a combination of brick and stone. Cerreta said the brick matches a lot of what motorists see as they pass through the downtown area, and it represents the manufacturing industry of the city's past.

The stone is solid, clean-cut and is seen in new buildings and areas of the city that are being developed.

And the combination of brick and stone, Cerreta said, represents the past, present and future. This option will allow more versatility when adding new buildings and changing the streetscape in the future.

And where will they go? Cerreta suggested North and South Main Street, East and West Maple Street, West Portage Street, West Everhard Road, West Glenwood Street, East and West Applegrove Street and Schneider and East Hill streets.

The signs cost about $5,000 a piece, and Cerreta said they'll be sponsored or funded by associations, companies, foundations or individual community members.

Cerreta also showed Council the mockup for an archway that reads "North Canton," much like the archways seen in the Short North district of Columbus. That's a much more expensive addition to the city, he said.

"It's a 'wow,' and it's going to be a 'wow' on price, too," Cerreta said. "But it's something that we want to reach for."

Dave Snyder June 19, 2012 at 01:39 PM
Definitely Option A, but I'd also like to see Option A with a stone base.
Evie Riegler June 19, 2012 at 02:12 PM
Option A - I like the NC logo on the top along with the scrolled design - more intriquette than the others. I hope they are able to gather the needed moneytary sponsors for this. Enhancing the appearance of the city is a great idea. Congratulations to the committee on this.
brooke crockett June 19, 2012 at 02:38 PM
I like A and B but its nice to have something so all are nice
Ashley Villers June 19, 2012 at 03:05 PM
I agree, I REALLY like the sentiment for Option C, but the way they are combined in C don't look very nice. A stone base on Option A would have meaning, AND incorporate the school districts logo, AND be aesthetically pleasing.
keith price June 19, 2012 at 05:09 PM
I voted for A...less busy than the others, and I like the top of it more. I wouldn't mind seeing a D...that takes A and uses the other stone in the bottom section.
Christy Hibbard-Andrews June 19, 2012 at 05:47 PM
I'd prefer sidewalks on Lindy Lane Ave. SW with the money. There are several children that live on this street.
Dave Strouble June 19, 2012 at 11:20 PM
I pick A the red brick would match the bricks by the sidewaks and think the black logo on option C would match the black light poles. Also the trees next to First Merit Bank should be removed to eliminate the bricks popping up and the wall in front of Prudential DeHoff needs to be addressed both liability issues.
Fred Benson June 20, 2012 at 09:32 PM
I agree with Dave S.but, do we have the $$ for this? As we enter our town from all directions what do we really see? A fancy sign or the condition of the sidewalks,brick walls that were built and never maintained. And the poor conditions in front of our city hall? Just look when entering town,what do YOU see..
Christina Vohs June 20, 2012 at 11:33 PM
If you're going to spend money on this....Option A but with the runner standing next to that one.

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