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EDA official urges Medina to upgrade signs, gateway entrances

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 14 January 2020 at 11:22 am

MEDINA – The Village of Medina was encouraged by an Orleans Economic Development Agency official to improve signage and the gateways leading into the village.

Gabrielle Barone, vice president of business development for the EDA, spoke at Monday’s Village Board meeting. She presented board members with photos showing faded signs or signs leaning in odd directions.

She also said several prominent properties along Route 63 are rundown.

The signage near the Medina Business Park on Maple Ridge Road and Bates Road needs attention, Barone told the Village Board.

“It looks terrible and I don’t see any of them being worked on,” she told the board.

Barone said businesses are looking at the Business Park and the signs and gateways are important in selling the community to prospective companies. The signs and entrances make important first impressions on people considering Medina as a place to live and work.

“We have to look at it or we can’t get people in,” Barone said.

Medina Mayor Michael Sidari and Joe Perry, the DPW superintendent, said the village will be replacing some signs. Perry said they can be costly with 9 stop signs at about $800.

Sidari said the board will look to increase the spending for signs in the 2020-21 village budget.

The board also discussed signage in the downtown with some building owners out of compliance with the regulations and design standards in the historic downtown.

The board voted to back the Planning Board’s decision to oppose a new sign for the back entrance at Ashlee’s Place.

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