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Kane County committee backs proposed $13,000 sign

Published: Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014 10:40 p.m. CDT • Updated: Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014 10:43 p.m. CDT

GENEVA – The Kane County Board will be asked a second time to approve a $13,000 sign that should help northbound traffic find the Kane County Government Center.

The proposed monument sign is part of a $47,000 signage project intended to make the Geneva campus, at 719 S. Batavia Ave. in Geneva, easier to navigate.

In a narrow vote, the County Board last month sent the proposal to the Administration Committee for further consideration after member Becky Gillam, R-West Dundee, raised concerns about the $13,000 sign planned for South Batavia Avenue.

She suggested the monument sign be replaced with a black directional arrow sign.

In a 3-2 vote Thursday, the Administration Committee forwarded the original proposal despite those concerns. Gillam was not in attendance.

Committee Chairman Ron Ford, D-Aurora, said a sign in that location is justified.

He advocated for the monument sign because it should last for decades. He said he would hate to install a less expensive option and be asked why the county didn’t invest in a better quality sign.

“This is not something we’re doing for a short time,” Ford said.

Board members Phil Lewis, R-St. Charles, and Doug Scheflow, R-Elgin, voted against the project as proposed.

Lewis asked if it makes sense to spend $13,000 on a sign when there is one 50 yards away.

“Once you get here the first time, you know where [the government center] is,” he said.

He reminded the committee that the majority of the full board sent the proposal back to committee.

“There is value in listening and responding to your colleagues,” Lewis said.

Ford said he has seen the board approve items after initially being rejected.

He encouraged committee members to talk with their colleagues about their support for the project.

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