Improving First Impressions
Columbia promoters say the current welcome signs aren't a very inviting view for visitors. The focus is on the city's borders on Interstate 70 and Highway 63.
"So when they actually get to the limits of Columbia, they feel welcome. They know that they've actually entered into Columbia, hopefully giving them some sort of an indication that this is a great place to maybe stop, spend some money, visit," Columbia City Assistant Manager Tony St. Romaine said.
The council must first hire a contractor to begin the improvements. The first phase calls for finding the best location and design for the signs. That design will also extend to landscaping around the signs.
"I think it would help the city because, traveling myself, then when I go into a city, if they have a sign that states something about the city itself, I think it would help the city," Columbia resident Martha Broyles said.
Two contractors bid on the project, and the winning bid was $33,000. However, the city hasn't decided how to fund the project yet.
The city manager's office estimates that the initial phase of the project should take about three months. There is no timeline yet when changes will be seen at the city's borders.