A striking new sign soon will welcome visitors and residents to Liberty Township. by ANDREW KING, New entry sign , Liberty Township, $14250k, Sawmill Parkway, donation of horse statue, Morrison Sign Co.,

A striking new sign soon will welcome visitors and residents to Liberty Township.

The township board of trustees approved a resolution Monday, Nov. 18, to move forward with a plan to install a new $14,250 entrance sign on Sawmill Parkway. The funds will be used to pay for lighting, power, fencing and installation costs.

After the donation of a horse statue, the board decided the township should incorporate a new entrance sign into the project, and after considering three different sign options and three different companies, township leaders settled on a design by Morrison Sign Co.

Owned and operated by David Morrison, the company has created signs for companies such as NBC, DSW and McGraw-Hill, and gave the township an "incredible price" to complete the work, Trustee Melanie Leneghan said.

Residents Jeff and Judy Hamilton volunteered to head up the design process for the township. Jeff Hamilton said the project will be as much a work of art as an entrance sign.

"With the evening sun setting in the west, you're going to get a really nice dimension on this piece," he said.

According to the final plans, the sign will be more than 13 feet tall and 19 feet wide, and will be constructed mainly of aluminum composite material mounted to a fabricated steel frame. There will be "subtle" lighting effects to make the sign visible at night.

"I couldn't be more happy about putting this new entrance in," Leneghan said.

Board Chairman Curt Sybert brought up the township's only issue with the piece, citing concerns over the donated horse statue.

"I know there's been some concern about putting this piece of art in and then having some kid try to ride it," he said.

But the board decided it would simply ask the Powell Police Department -- which has jurisdiction in the area -- to put the location under special watch.

There is no timetable to finish the project, but the board made the resolution a priority because of increasing concerns about completion before the ground freezes. Sybert said a ribbon-cutting ceremony would be planned.