MDOT OK received, Bethel signs to go up
Bethel will proceed with the implementation of its amended sign ordinance, following receipt Monday of written approval for the changes by the Maine Department of Transportation.
Town Manager Jim Doar said now that the state has approved the ordinance, Bethel will begin purchasing sign assemblies to put up along state roads so individual businesses may have their signs placed on them.
Doar said MDOT has recently been sending mixed signals on the approval process, and he has not until now been comfortable with spending town money on implementing the ordinance.
One highway sign panel will cost a business $675 for the sign and $160 for installation by the town, plus a $75 annual maintenance fee.
For a smaller village business sign panel, the cost will be $280 for the sign itself, with the installation and maintenance costs the same.
The highway sign panels will be 84 by 20 inches, while the village ones will be 48 inches by 12 inches.
Some businesspeople have complained about the cost of the signs.
Doar cited the better quality of the panels as a reason for the higher prices. "The signs are Lusterboard, an aluminum coated plywood made exclusively for the sign industry, sheeted with high performance vinyl," he said. "It's a higher quality product with a longer life than painted wood."
Townspeople approved the amended ordinance and sign proposals at the annual Town Meeting in June.