Cranberry offers used street markers for sale to nostalgic residents
By Dona S. Dreeland
Published: Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012, 8:57 p.m.
Are your parents' names Norman and Rose? Did you get your first kiss from your sweetheart on Trillium Drive? Would you like to officially name your favorite spot for watching the sun go down Sunset Circle?
If the answer is “yes” to any of those questions, then Cranberry residents have the opportunity to purchase some special souvenirs or perhaps, one-of-a-kind, belated holiday gifts.
More than 200 used street signs are being sold via the customer service desk in Cranberry Township Municipal Center. After making a selection from a list of available signs found at www.cranberrytownship.org, buyers can visit the municipal building with the name of the sign they're interested in purchasing.
Signs are $25, plus tax, no matter what their condition might be. Proceeds from the sale will be returned to the township's general fund.
“They have a neat, nostalgic look,” said Jason Dailey, public works director, “with raised white letters and trim on burgundy.”
The majority of the signs are in good shape, he said. Some are just faded.
Within the last three years, the township has had a complete sign replacement with toppers, Dailey explained. Federal regulations require new signs to be reflective. And as the old signs come down, they are rotated into the catalogued inventory to be offered to the general public.
“We have a beneficial reuse policy on everything we purchase,” he explained. Even old township vehicles may be offered up for sale through online auctions.
“These signs have definitely been out in the world,” said Nancy Sikora, customer service manager, as she tugged at a sign on the shelf.
Some signs are bent and others have BB holes. One even comes complete with a vacant bees' nest.
According to township records, the first street sign sold was Dec. 7, 2009.
Marilyn Schroeder-Dawson, one of the customer service representatives, recalled some of the people who made their requests.
“Most were based on namesakes,” the Cranberry resident said.
Someone purchased the family name for a surprise Christmas gift.
Another bought her grandson's name as a present for him. One couple remembered the purchase of their first home with a sign.
Any marker with “Deer” on it now decorates a hunting camp, Schroeder-Dawson said. And an A-frame in Seven Springs sports the markers for Alps Avenue and Snowberry Lane.
Pam Miller, another rep, recalled that the sign from Grace Drive now marks a little girl's playhouse. Others hang the nostalgic pieces in family rooms or over the bar, she said.
Miller, from Cranberry, had wanted to buy the Hummingbird Lane sign, but it already had been sold.
Diane Phelan, of Ross Township, another of Cranberry's customer service representatives, said the signs bring back “fond memories of the township.”
By her count, 230 signs have been sold. She guessed the sign project began when the public works crew made the first sign switch, and people wondered where the old ones went.
Interest in the steel signs ebbs and flows throughout the year. But the holidays are a good time to promote the project again, Dailey suggested, since people return to the township from college or to visit relatives.
“When the signs were first offered, it was a race to get here,” said Schroeder-Dawson.
“It was first-come, first-served.”
Requests even came from out of state.
The women are ready to answer calls again. In the first few days of this month, 17 signs were purchased.
At some point, remaining signs will be sold for scrap metal.
Dona S. Dreeland is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-772-6353 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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