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New signs to welcome visitors

| Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2002

North Fayette officials say they now have the money they need to boost the township's name recognition.

Supervisors Chairman Dan Fink said Monday that the township received a $20,000 grant from the state Department of Economic Development, and the money will go toward signs and beautification for several entrances to North Fayette.

Supervisor Louis Chauvet said North Fayette is a rapidly growing area that needs welcome signs to let people know where the boundaries are.

"It's the common thing to do now. It seems like everyone is doing it," Chauvet said. "Putting up the signs can only help us. We are just appreciative that we can do this now without disturbing our budget."

Township Manager Bob Grimm said the supervisors have been considering the project for some time.

Still, "other priorities took front stage in terms of spending," Grimm said, referring to new police cars and new trucks for the public works department.

Grimm said North Fayette will begin advertising for bids for the signs and will have them installed within two or three months. Placing welcome signs at primary entrance points was suggested in the township's recently completed comprehensive plan.

North Fayette covers 27 square miles, and had a population of 12,254 at the last census.

Seventeen signs will be erected throughout the area, and depending on the location, they will vary in size and material. The sizes will range from 3-by-5 feet to 4-by-6 feet. Prices for the individual signs range from $117 to $3,207.

North Fayette plans a sign acknowledging the West Allegheny High School football team, which last year won the state PIAA Class AAA championships.

Some areas where the signs will be placed include the west border of Route 22, the Findlay border of Route 30, West Allegheny Road at Cliff Mine Road, Summit Park Drive near Montour Church Road and the west border of Steubenville Pike.

Grimm said the signs will increase the visibility of North Fayette, which isn't as well known as neighboring Moon, Robinson and Findlay.

"We aren't as well known as they are, because of the fact that Moon originally had the airport, so of course everyone knew where that was," he said. "Robinson was built commercially much earlier than North Fayette. Robinson Town Centre became a landmark in this area.

"North Fayette has grown from a residential standpoint, but not so much commercially. We have always felt like we have been the best kept secret."

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