Town of Lake Cowichan Council concerned about deteriorating entrance sign

Lake Cowichan council wants to keep the popular entrance sign into town in tip-top condition.

Lake Cowichan council wants to keep the popular entrance sign into town in tip-top condition.

With an influx of new signs set to be embraced by the town next year, in particular with construction of the new town square, council is still keen to avoid wear-and-tear on previously made signs.

“There is some deterioration on that huge sign,” said Councillor Jayne Ingram at the Cowichan Lake Education Centre, Lakeview and Fire Department Committee meeting, held last month at town hall.

Ingram was one who was instrumental in the Christmas light arrangement around town, including at the entrance, to which Mayor Ross Forrest stated he “can’t count the number of compliments received on the entrance to town.”

Councillor Bob Day, who chaired the meeting, asked is anything could be done to stabilize the apparent deterioration.

Nagi Rizk, superintendent of public works and engineering services, said he “could certainly get someone to look at it.”

But chief of administration Joe Fernandez doesn’t think a major revamp is needed, merely just a cleanup if need be.

“We shouldn’t be looking at revamping the entrance sign as everyone here likes it,” said Fernandez. “However bringing it up to a safe standard is something we should be striving for.”

Fernandez also said government grants may be available to aid the projected maintenance on the sign.

Forrest believes patience would be the best approach, with a lot of new signs coming in 2014, and reckons council should be looking to install entrance signs at other gateways to town first.

“We should see how long we can get by, it still looks good,” said the mayor.