New Welcome to Vernon signs get frosty reception

New Welcome to Vernon signs are almost complete.
Image Credit: City of Vernon

VERNON - New welcome to Vernon signs are almost complete, but they don’t float everybody’s boat.

The signs, which are located at the north and south ends of Highway 97 and on Highway 6, went through a lengthy design process with Vernon council sending them back to the drawing board multiple times.

Now, as the finishing touches are being completed, still not everyone is happy.

“I have to say, they don’t float my boat much,” Coun. Juliette Cunningham said earlier this week.

She complained that the signs don’t really stand out and asked staff if there will be any lighting on the structures. She was advised there will be by the time the signs are completed.

Coun. Scott Anderson noted there has been some discontent on social media about the signage.

“Some people like it, a majority don’t,” he said.

In a release issued Thursday afternoon, the city says the concrete structure provides low maintenance and high durability. It will be stamped for a wood effect “to reflect the natural and industrial history of the area.”

An interchangeable greeting banner will read ‘Welcome/Bienvenue’ on the front and ‘Come Again’ on the back.

The city decided in 2015 to replace the former ‘Welcome to Greater Vernon’ signs first installed in 2008. Council felt the old signs were in bad shape and falling apart.

The old Welcome to Greater Vernon sign.
The old Welcome to Greater Vernon sign.

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