Clintonville Area Commission members will have to decide at their June 7 meeting about a new sign.

Clintonville Area Commission members will have to decide at their June 7 meeting about a new sign.

No, not that one.

Yes, the controversial design for new gateway signs provided by the city is set to be settled upon at the monthly session.

But another, less-contentious sign issue also will come before the remaining seven members of the advisory panel, in the wake of former Chairman John DeFourny's resignation last week and the decision of District 7 representative Dave Southan to stay away from meetings following his defeat in the May 5 election.

This new sign would beckon visitors to the Whetstone branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library, the Whetstone Community Center and the Park of Roses.

With that much bang for the buck in one sign, library and city officials will seek the blessing of the area commission members for a variance from graphics regulations.

It's slightly larger than the rules permit, Greg Denby, manager of the Whetstone library, said last week.

The three individual signs, hanging under an overall one for Whetstone Park, would incorporate space for changing graphics depending on specific events taking place at any of the venues.

The new graphic is a joint project of the city's Recreation and Parks Department and the library after each entity failed on its own to come up with the funding for separate new signs, Denby said.

"First they ran out of money, then we ran out of money," he said.

The money is now in place, Denby added, and if commission members and the city's graphics officials agree to permit the sign at the requested size, all should go smoothly.

"We're hoping to have it up by the end of the year," Denby said. "We're hoping to get all that done to have it up by October or November, would be my guess."