Tough Questions: Conflict Delays City's Signs 9-28-2010 - WNEM TV 5

Tough Questions: Conflict Delays City's Signs 9-28-2010

Bay City's plan to put up about 20 signs around town directing visitors to various hot spots has hit a snag.
It's because of a dispute over their blue-and-white coloring.
The Michigan Department of Transportation requires all signs placed on state routes to be green and white.
City officials in charge of the sign project are trying to get a waiver from the state to allow the blue-and-white scheme.
Bay City's economic development marketing manager, Patti Stowell, said she's provided the state with examples of other communities that used a different color scheme along state routes, including Ann Arbor and Kalamazoo.
But many residents are questioning if the sign purchase is good use of public funds, no matter the color.
Bay City Downtown Development Director Candace Bales said a mixture of grant money and very little form the city's general fund will pay for the $500,000 price tag. Bales also said that no money is being redirected from public safety to pay for these signs.
WNEM TV5's Jonathan Lowe went to Bay City to Ask the Tough Questions -- hear what city leaders and residents had to say about the sign controversy by clicking on the video below:
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