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Signs to inform about Auburn

By: Bridget Jones, Journal Staff Writer
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Interpretive signs will give Auburnites and visitors more information about the city. City Council Monday approved the addition of two new signs in the Central Square area. One sign will include a map of the Central Square area and will be posted across the street in front of Wells Fargo. A second sign located in Central Square will depict a map of the Western States trail. A third sign representing the American River was not approved, but will probably go back before City Council in July after a redesign, said Councilman Keith Nesbitt, chairman of the Streetscape History and Art Advisory Committee. Nesbitt said his fellow City Council members thought the river sign did not fit with the design of the other two markers. “Kevin Hanley stated he sees the (future river) interpretive sign as something similar to what we did for (the) Central Square (sign),” he said. The signs are part of the Streetscape phase 1 plan. As a part of the plan, City Council also approved commemorative tiles that will be placed on the ground between the Downtown clock tower and Pioneer Motherlode Mining Supply on Lincoln Way. The tiles will be etched with names and information about endurance sports winners, Nesbitt said. The signs and commemorative tiles could be installed in the next few months, but the signs will be up for public comment, Nesbitt said. “One thing is that the two signs that were approved will be temporary in nature … and we’ll take some feedback,” Nesbitt said. “The public will still have six months or a year to give us feedback on it even when we put the original ones in place.” Once it’s clear how many commemorative tiles would be used, the committee will get approval for that project from the Auburn Urban Development Authority, Nesbitt said. Nesbitt said he is happy with what City Council has approved so far. “We’ve done really well,” he said. “One interpretive sign is really the thing that has been sent back, and that is OK. We understand even if the whole committee is in agreement, it’s still just a recommendation to the council.” For previews of the interpretive signs for the Central Square area, keep watching the Auburn Journal and auburnjournal.com. Reach Bridget Jones at bridgetj@goldcountrymedia.com