By Breanne Massey
After two years of planning, designing and budgeting, the Edgewater Sign Committee in conjunction with the Edgewater Recreation Society has secured new signage at both ends of the community.
Tammy Tutte, the Edgewater Recreation Societys liaison for the sign committee, was pleased to announce that Dan Tutte, Nick Pasowisty and Ralph Stewart installed two new welcome signs in Edgewater on Wednesday, December 9th. She also credited the Brisco Wood Preservers, the Columbia Basin Trust and the Regional District of East Kootenay for some of the funding and for helping to make the community project a success.
We retired the Welcome to Edgewater sign of over 25 years, which was originally placed by Sharon Pasowisty and the Improvement District at that time, (and replaced it) with new ones, Ms. Tutte explained about the project.
The decision to replace the original welcome sign stemmed from a desire to spruce up Edgewaters image.
Over time, (the sign) just started to suffer from wear and tear so we reached a point where fixing it just didnt make sense, said Ms. Tutte. About two years ago, a committee was put together with the residents of Edgewater and they came to a decision that replacing the sign would be optimal as well as having signs at both entrances because we (originally) only had one.
Researching the design for a new welcome sign took time, as there was work to do with the Ministry of Transportation.
There was homework to do with the Ministry of Transportation because we had to get their approval to either change the dynamics of it, but they were also in the process of changing regulations for signage at the time, said Ms. Tutte. It took way longer than we were hoping it would probably close to a year for all of those final regulations to come to us. Once we approved the sign that we would like to go with, then we had to get the correct permits.
The new signs will be finished off with lights and metal roofs as well.
To learn more about the Edgewater Recreation Society and for information about updates in Edgewater, visit the Edgewater Recreation Society (Edgewater Community Hall) page on Facebook.