Pitkin County commissioners approves new landfill sign
Pitkin County commissioners on Tuesday approved spending approximately $10,000 for a new sign marking the entrance to the county landfill.
Currently, the landfill is only marked by small green-and-white signs with arrows both downvalley and upvalley from the entrance. Those signs are ugly, easy to miss and topple over frequently, said Cathy Hall, the county’s solid waste manager.
In addition, the landfill is expecting an increase in customers, necessitating a better marker, she said.
The sign will be mounted on a stone base and constructed of wood planks and stainless steel letters, Hall said.
It was originally designed to be 10 feet long and 61/2 high, but officials thought that was too big, she said. They then shrunk it to 8 feet long and 5 feet high and set it out on Highway 82 for a week as a trial, Hall said.
“It was a little too small,” she said.
The sign that received the nod from commissioners Tuesday will be 9 feet long and 6 feet high, Hall said. It will read: “Pitkin County Solid Waste Center Landfill and Recycling.”
The larger version of the sign was estimated to cost between $8,000 and $12,000, Hall said. An estimate was not available Tuesday for the sign that will be installed. The sign is budgeted for $20,000 in the landfill’s 2017 budget, she said.
The two green-and-white signs already in place will remain, Hall said.
“I think this is probably the best decision we could make,” Commissioner Patti Clapper said.
Commissioner George Newman said he thought the sign contained too many words, while Commissioner Greg Poschman questioned the size.
“I still think it’s too big but I’m willing to defer to my associates,” Poschman said.
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