Aspinwall plans more research before moving ahead with signs
By Tom McGee
Published: Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
Aspinwall officials will study more firms before deciding how to proceed with plans to install new signs throughout the borough.
KMA Designs, a Carnegie-based firm, outlined its proposal for directional signs during a presentation this month. The signs would help direct people to sights in Aspinwall and the business district.
The idea for improved signage came from the borough's participation in Allegheny Together, an economic development program run through Allegheny County.
Borough Manager Melissa Lang said a more detailed list of costs was obtained from the firm. KMA Designs would charge a consulting fee of $23,864 for the five-phase project. The estimated cost for signs was $67,600.
Councilman Joe Noro said he wanted to wait until next year to vote on an agreement with the firm, so the borough could look at what other companies could do the work.
Lang said that is the best way for the borough to proceed. She said the committee that worked on the signs project would like to see if other firms could provide as much assistance as KMA Designs.
“That was one of the things we were most impressed by — that they were truly a start to finish company,” Lang said.
The borough's planning and zoning committee was not involved in recommending KMA Designs for the project. Council President Mark Ellermeyer said having a recommendation come through a borough committee could be helpful when it comes time to vote.
“Commonly, a lot of these proposals go through the various committees and council takes the recommendation of a committee to heart,” Ellermeyer said.
Tom McGee is an associate editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 1513, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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