The Town of Osoyoos is buying new welcome signage for its four highway entrances — at a cost of $146,276.
Osoyoos Council Monday afternoon rubber-stamped a decision made by a committee of four over the past two weeks, awarding a contract to Landmark Sign of Victoria to, as Mayor Sue McKortoff noted at Council’s Nov. 6 meeting, design the signs, “build them, put them in the ground and dispose of the old ones.”
The existing signs, the mayor added, “are absolutely falling apart.”
Landmark was one of seven companies bidding to replace the existing signage. Bids ranged in cost from $54,824.70 to $212,486.87.
Funding for the signs will come from the provincial Resort Municipality Initiative program.
“This one was well looked at by people who know what they’re doing,” said Mayor McKortoff after the meeting. “There were several people who had a look at them all — including (Director of Operational Services) Jim Dinwoodie, plus a couple of councillors, plus we had the designs in the office so a couple of us looked at them even though we weren’t on the committee plus the Destination Osoyoos people.”
The winning design was selected by Osoyoos councillors Carol Youngberg and Jim King and two unnamed members of the Destination Osoyoos board, according to a report delivered by Mr. Dinwoodie.
The signs, which stand about nine-feet tall at their highest point, feature a very simple “Osoyoos” on a main component with a second component expressing the Town’s branded signature “Canada’s warmest welcome.”
On the back side, the words “See you soon” offer a departing message.
The sign’s designers describe the sign as “friendly, welcoming and sophisticated with emphasis to the key point of difference of Osoyoos — warm desert climate.”
The Town hopes to have the signs in the ground before the May 2018 long weekend.