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."