Ill-kept welcome signs at Wellington’s outskirts have been a hot topic recently for village council.
Overgrown weeds and high grass around the three signs has been the subject of “numerous complaints,” council members said July 5.
The Wellington Chamber of Commerce is responsible for maintaining the signs and surrounding property, not the village.
“They were never ours to take care of but if council wants us to do it I’m going to do it earlier in the year,” said public works superintendent Bob Brasee. “I clean them every year. The thistle gets up to two feet tall around them sometimes.”
Council member Guy Wells suggested leaving the maintenance to the Chamber and pointed out that the sign to the south lies on Rochester Township property. “Is it lawful to work out of our jurisdiction?” he asked.
“We cannot just leave them be if they’re the village entrance signs. It reflects poorly on us whether they’re technically our responsibility or not,” said council president Sandy Denes.
Since the meeting, Chamber of Commerce vice president Calvin Woods, who is responsible for maintaining the signs, did make it out to all three sites to clean them up.
“I love Wellington. I’m all about Wellington,” said Woods. “There have been times I’ve been negligent with the signs, especially on the west end, and I’m sorry.”
Woods said plans are being made to repaint and restain the signs. He also said there have been talks to turn over responsibility to private businesses in exchange for advertising on the signs.
“I really like the signs and I really care about them,” he said. “When we put them up about 25 years ago, we asked residents how they wanted to signs to look. I feel like the look of them is very appropriate for the village.”
Mayor Hans Schneider said council will remain focused on the issue.
“I don’t think there are many people outside of this room who know that we’re not responsible for the signs,” he said. “We’ll sit down with Rochester and the Chamber and address this further at our next council meeting.”
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Jonathan Delozier | Wellington Enterprise The village’s entrance signs belong to the Wellington Chamber of Commerce. The sign on the south end lies just outside of the village limits in Rochester Township.