At its Nov. 20 meeting, council members voted 4-1 to approve four 12-foot signs at an estimated cost of $39,500 per sign.
Community/Economic Development Director Bridgette Bise presented four sign options to the council provided by National Signs Plaza Inc.
“The amount that was in the budget for this project was $100,000,” Bise said. “That is also including the wayfinding signage for downtown that we haven’t got to start yet because we’re still working on this.”
Bise said the wayfinding downtown signs would create a bigger impact for tourism.
“These are great to have at the entrances, but once people are driving through, you want to get them off the highway to come into downtown,” Bise said. “That’s why we had set an original 60 percent of the budget for that project.”
Bise had presented other signage designs at previous meetings, but the council had instructed her to produce more options.
“You can see that these costs are a lot more than the other signs we brought back prior,” Bise said. “As you instructed us to do, we gave you these options to choose from.”
Mayor Jay Harvey said he was pleased with the options presented to the council.
“This has been an ongoing thing for years,” Harvey said. “It’s been a goal of yours for a long time, so it’s good to see some good designs.”
Bise recommended council approve a budget amendment for the signage.
“Basically, for the monument signs, we had appropriated out of that $100,000 set aside $40,000,” Bise said. “So you can see that would barely cover one sign. However, members of the Rocking Chair group of the (Goliad) Heritage Council will appropriate their $20,600 toward the sign they would like to choose. That would make the total budget $120,600.”
“In order to go with any of these two signs, we’d have to add $120,000 to the budget or $60,000 to the budget amendment,” interim City Administrator Larry Zermeno said. “It’s your option.”
Bise expressed urgency in moving forward with the project.
“You don’t have to (make a decision), but we are extremely behind on this project,” Bise said.
“It’s a tremendous investment,” Zermeno said. “We’ll have to amend the budget, but we are behind schedule.”
“I want to get it done,” council member Lionel Garcia said.
Council member Ed Carter made a motion to approve the fourth option, which cost an estimated $26,250 per sign, but the motion died without a second.
Garcia made a motion to approve the second option and council member Alfred Perez seconded the motion. Carter was the only dissenting vote for the second option. Council member Vickie Rubio was absent.