Thurmont to add wayfinding signs around town

A mock-up of the signs that will be placed around Thurmont.

Thurmont commissioners approved a bid Tuesday night to add 12 wayfinding signs around town that were funded by two matching grants.

The grants, totaling $26,000, came from Maryland Heritage Areas and from the Tourism Reinvestment in Promotion and Product Program through the Tourism Council of Frederick County, according to Vickie Grinder, economic development manager for Thurmont. The grants were for $13,000 each.

“We were very lucky to obtain a match grant, which comes along in a blue moon,” Grinder said at Tuesday’s meeting. “You cannot match state funds with state funds.”

The 3-foot-tall signs were bid out to Shannon-Baum Signs in Eldersburg for $24,600.

They will be placed at Frederick Road, Water Street, East Main Street, North Church Street, West Main Street and Tippin Drive. Jim Humerick, chief administrative officer for Thurmont, said the town will be responsible for installing the signs.

The blue and green signs will have Thurmont’s logo on them and directing arrows to the library, golf course, municipal parking and the trolley trail.

“We wanted the branding to match the gateway signs coming in so that we would be uniform with the entire town,” she said.

The signs will also have the Maryland Heritage logo at the bottom, a requirement for anything that the grant program funds.

The town hopes to have the signs up by May. Grinder said she will look for funding for two more signs to put up at North Church Street near U.S. 15 and East Main Street near Md. 77.

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(5) comments

Burgessdr

Face palm. The "private" golf course pays county real estate tax, and state income and sales tax. This may be above your pay grade, but taxes are where "public" funds come from. You a "private" individual pays real estate, income, and sales tax and those are expended as "public" funds for your personal benefit. What's with you anti-business people? And, exactly how many people do you employ and how much do you contribute to the economic vitality of Thurmont?

bobcat21532

I'm assuming "Golf Course" is Maple Run? So, we're using public funds to promote a privately-owned business??

CDReid

I wouldn't call a directional sign "promoting" the golf course. Golfers are already coming to town to play there without any promoting of it, and these signs are just a courtesy helping them to find it. A courtesy that might encourage them to spend money in the town while there.

Burgessdr

Maybe you have forgotten but when you are on a highway near exits there are wayfinding signs pointing to restaurants, motels, gas stations, etc. Next time you travel, please dont use them since they are offensive to you having been paid for by PUBLIC funds for the benefit of helping the PUBLIC.

CDReid

Good point. [thumbup]

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