Groveport officials had hoped to be able to buy two digital signs and place them at two sites in town to announce community events, but the price tag got in the way.

Groveport officials had hoped to be able to buy two digital signs and place them at two sites in town to announce community events, but the price tag got in the way.

Groveport City Council heard the first reading of an ordinance July 9 that would have authorized City Administrator Marsha Hall to seek bids for the purchase and installation of "digital information marquee" signs to be placed at Groveport Park in front of the recreation complex and at the corner of Main Street and Hendron Road for the city's Community Affairs Department.

But Hall said purchasing the second sign will have to wait until next year for city council's approval.

"When council first met and approved the capital budget, they allocated $55,000 for the Parks and Recreation (sign) and $21,000 for the Community Affairs sign," she said. "The Parks and Recreation sign proposal came in under budget, but the Main Street (sign) came in quite a bit higher.

"What we're going to do is put out bids for the Groveport Parks and Recreation sign and hold off on the Main Street sign until early next year when we do the capital budget because it was so much higher," she said.

Hall said the Community Affairs sign priced out at $35,000 -- $14,000 over budget. The estimate for the Parks and Recreation sign came in at $10,000 under budget, she said.

"Actually, the proposal for the recreation center sign was $45,000 out of the $55,000 (allocated). There was some money left over, (but) that didn't include installation and some electrical work that may have to be done.

"Originally, we had gone out and got a few proposals to look at what the costs would be, then we got an updated price that was very specific," Hall said.

She said the city couldn't apply the $10,000 surplus from the Parks and Recreation sign allocation toward the cost of the Main Street and Hendron Road sign because the installation costs for the Parks and Recreation sign were not included in the budget proposal.

Council was expected to hear the second reading of the ordinance, amended to include only one sign, at its July 23 meeting, after ThisWeek's press time. A third and final reading and a vote on the legislation is expected at council's Aug. 6 meeting.

Hall said if council approves the ordinance, the matter will go before the Groveport Board of Zoning Appeals for a variance request "due to the (digital) type of sign, probably at its September meeting."