Oakdale Moves Forward With Sign Upgrade

The existing sign at Highway 36 and Hadley Avenue will soon be electronic.

Some lettering for a notice about the city’s upcoming tree giveaway had fallen off the “Welcome to Oakdale” sign at Highway 36 and Hadley Avenue on Wednesday.

That won’t be a problem in the future.

The Oakdale City Council last week approved plans for a new $19,000 electronic sign, which will be installed this summer, said Dave Schaps, assistant city administrator.

The existing sign is “kind of past its life,” he said.

Hadley Avenue is Oakdale “Signature Street,” and the sign’s visibility from the highway makes it a good spot to relay happenings in the city, Administrator Craig Waldron said.

A new sign would “enhance our ability to communicate,” he told Patch earlier this month. “Revving up the technology would make it even better.”

The sign would be easy to update and give the city a platform to announce everything from Amber Alerts to civic celebrations, Schaps said. The new sign will allow Oakdale to send messages instantly, he said.

Because the sign sits along the Gateway Trail, which is owned by the state Department of Natural Resources, it has be used for non-commercial purposes, Schaps said.

The brick posts will remain in place and the interior will be swapped out for an electronic version, Waldron said. It will be about the same size as the existing sign.

Once started, the project should take 6-8 weeks to complete, Schaps said.


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Liberaltarian April 19, 2013 at 03:16 AM
Maybe the city doesn't need to give away trees, organize "mystery" egg hunts, hire bands to play in the park, or do 90% of the stuff that's advertised on that sign. Maybe Menards would like to sell a few more trees on April 27. Maybe Dunn Brothers would like a few more people to stop in to hear the music at their business. I don't see the need for all of these little city-sponsored events. Just enforce the ordinances and take care of the infrastructure. That's all we really need here in Oakdale.
Kris Janisch April 19, 2013 at 02:20 PM
We could just have them blog on Patch! You make an interesting point about civic events though. I'm sure they're labor intensive and it's probably hard to quantify the "benefit." (Not just Oakdale, but in general.) Anybody else have thoughts on that?
April April 19, 2013 at 04:17 PM
I believe the general intent behind a lot of these events it to foster a sense of community and help people to get to know those who are around them. A lot of them are free or inexpensive family activities which are good for those who are at home parents looking for things to do with their families and who are on a tight budget.


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