Rotary interested in developing new welcome sign

In the year that Grand Forks welcome sign has disintegrated, members of the Grand Forks Rotary Club have been working to put together a committee that will replace the missing sign.

The Grand Forks Rotary Club would like to have a “Welcome” sign leading into Grand Forks.

In the year that Grand Forks welcome sign has disintegrated, members of the Grand Forks Rotary Club have been working to put together a committee that will replace the missing sign.

“The problem has existed for some time and the city had intentions to do it but again things get sidetracked,” said Mayor Brian Taylor. “We’ve been dealing with design issues and the branding process and so it’s a pleasant surprise to see that kind of enthusiasm from a community group – volunteers basically.”

At this point, the Rotary Club has presented ideas for the new welcoming sign in front of the City of Grand Forks and the Credit Union, and a committee is being formed.

Rotarian Steve Babakaiff stated, “Right now we’re looking into forming a committee and that will happen this week.”

Angela Soukoreff, the senior manager at Grand Forks Credit Union, stated Credit Union is fully supportive of any endeavours of the Rotary Club.

“We have yet to agree to anything conclusive, as we are still listening to any suggestions presented,” she said.

There are several locations that are being considered for where the sign could be placed, including its former spot.

“I don’t know when, but I’d like to see it done before it gets too cold. I think it’s really important because we have a town to be proud of and we should be showing it off,” Taylor said.

“We’re not looking for anything wild or crazy at this point. I think that they’re going to stick with a fairly traditional design but I hope that they spend time with the graphics and connections with the Boundary.”

Costs for the construction of the sign has yet to be determined.