Business directional sign sales a go in Bethel
New highway and village business roadside directional signs in Bethel will have a three-week lead time for installation, following approval by selectmen last week of two sign contractors who will work together.
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 village business sign panel, the cost will be $300 for the sign itself, with the installation and maintenance costs the same.
The sign panels will be created by Ross Swan of Swan Screen Printing of Bethel, while the posts/assemblies will be provided by Ryan Mechanical Services of Rumford.
By having Swan and Ryan work together, the combined cost for one highway sign assembly with three panels/slats for three businesses will be $6,305, compared to the $8,525 bid ($1,200 per panel) offered by Neokraft of Lewiston, the other bidder in the process.
The costs for village sign packages under the two options were very similar.
The highway sign panels will be 84 by 20 inches, while the village ones will be 48 inches by 12 inches.
The town will pay for the posts/assemblies upfront, with the cost to be recovered over time through the maintenance fees, Town Manager Jim Doar said.
Bethel had tried through the summer to get bids for the sign work to go with its new ordinance, approved in June, but companies initially interested said the timeline the town was requesting was too short and they did not submit bids, according to town officials.
Neokraft said in its bid signs could not be ready until mid-October.
Selectmen also approved an amended sign application form at their meeting.