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.