City Council votes to limit road sign use for RAMP
Pataskala City Council voted 6-0 Sept. 16, with Merissa McKinstry absent, to restrict the city’s use of signs related to the Roadway Asset Management Plan.
The issue surfaced last week when a resident complained about four 4-by-8-foot signs posted at Main Street and First and Third avenues alerting residents to roadwork.
City Administrator Timothy Boland said the signs cost $1,700 each. He said in an email to City Council members he spoke to the resident who complained about the size of the signs.
He said the signs are a uniform size and are no bigger than those placed on Broad Street to alert residents to the state’s repaving project that almost is completed.
“The four signs were removed,” Boland said. “We received enough concerns that we felt the signs were not fulfilling the role we had intended.”
The legislation City Council approved directs “the city administrator to comply with the sign regulations in the city sign districts in relation to installing signs for the RAMP improvements in the city and also directing that future signage for RAMP projects not be included to minimize the costs to taxpayers.”
Council amended the legislation in a 6-0 vote to allow the city to erect signs for projects that use funds other than city money.
Council President Dan Hayes said many state and federal grants require signs to be posted at project sites.
Boland said Pataskala is borrowing $1.355 million to complete RAMP projects this year.
The city had planned to use 16 signs for a total cost of $27,000.
Boland said the city is working to use the signs elsewhere.
“At this time, the city is determining if and how we can reuse and/or refurbish these signs for future city signage,” Boland said.