A new City of Solon sign may greet motorists on the Route 422 freeway sometime early next year.

City Council’s Safety and Public Properties Committee viewed two renderings of signs and approved forwarding legislation to the full City Council on its final design.

The matter will be before City Council Nov. 16 and will go through the three-reading process.

This year, the city budgeted about $65,000 for the sign, which will be located on the southeast corner of Route 422 and SOM Center Road. Pending City Council approval, plans are to go out to bid in January.

The preliminary plans call for the sign to be illuminated, Public Works Director William Drsek said.

The sign is proposed to be 10 feet high and 20 feet wide.

The two options presented to the committee differed in the coloring of lettering. The committee opted for the word Solon to be in white, as opposed to gold. The sign adheres to the new branding and color scheme throughout the city.

Councilman William I. Russo said it makes sense to be consistent across the city with signage and the logo.

The public works division has been working with a consultant since last year on the proposal. Previous plans before the Safety and Public Properties committee were scaled back as some officials felt the price tag was too high.

Two signs at that time were estimated to cost over $330,000 and so the public works division was sent back to the drawing board.

The purpose of the sign is to beatify the city’s entrance, tie into the center of town and make Solon stand out from other communities.

The sign ties into the master plan concept for the SOM corridor area, Mr. Drsek added.

For the last decade, Sue Reid has covered the government, business climate and residents of Solon. A Times reporter for 22 years, Ms. Reid has earned commendations from the Ohio Newspaper Association and Cleveland Press Association.

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