Which way to…? Council agrees to Business Enhancement signs


Meg Hibbert Contributing writer

Salem City Council has agreed for the city to order directional street signs in Downtown Salem that could point the way to nearby businesses who pay for the advertising.

The consensus came at the Sept. 25 Council Work Session before the regular meeting. Assistant City Manager Jay Taliaferro gave a report on the future Business Enhancement Signs council members saw as a mock-up in August. The signposts look like a classy version of those on the television show “M.A.S.H” which pointed toward hometowns of the mobile hospital staff.

Businesses can soon start signing up to pay $300 each per year for up to two directional signs on the free-standing sign posts that would be placed next to crosswalks at O’Brien’s Meats, the Blue Apron restaurant and at the top of the hill on Main Street, Taliaferro said. They would also probably be placed on College, Market and Broad to point the way to city locations, such as City Hall, and businesses.

Sign-up streets for businesses will be open for a month, Taliaferro said.

Also at the Sept. 25 work session, the…



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