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McHenry looks to upgrade Whispering Oaks Park sign

McHENRY – The city of McHenry is looking to replace the aging sign outside Whispering Oaks Park with an electronic message board.

The McHenry City Council will vote on whether to accept the low bid of $48,400 at its meeting Monday evening.

To install the sign, it would also need to approve a sign variance because while off Route 120, the sign would fall in a residential zone.

The proposed site is not near any homes, Deputy City Administrator Bill Hobson said. The closest building to it is a restaurant.

The sign would also have static messages instead of constantly rolling text, so it’s not a distraction to drivers, Hobson said.

The city also has an electronic sign at Peterson Park, but the capabilities of the proposed sign are more in line with the sign the McHenry Public Library District has.

Currently, the city dedicates one side of the sign to city events and the other to other entities at a rate of $50 for one week.

The electronic sign would allow the city to advertise for more events and open it up to more groups, Hobson said.

The sign would be purchased using money from the tourism fund, which includes revenue from the hotel and motel tax.

The McHenry City Council meeting will start at 7:30 p.m. Monday in the council chambers of City Hall, 333 S. Green St. 

The agenda is available on the city’s website, www.ci.mchenry.il.us, under Document Resources.

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