Thursday, September 29, 2011
The group working on preserving and displaying Sunnyside's neon sign heritage met again last night to discuss priorities and plans.
The group decided to focus on protecting signs already in storage or on area buildings, and determining the costs for restoration and display of the signs. Once the signs have been secured and evaluated, plans for how and where to display them will be formalized and presented to the city. At least three display plans have been suggested, and the group is open to more ideas.
Along with the regular members of the group, sign specialist Jan Smith and city manager Mark Gervasi attended Wednesday evening's meeting. Smith was able to describe some of the restoration process the signs may need to go through, and suggested some of the sign painting might make a very good senior project for some local high school students.
Gervasi pointed out that the sign preservation ties in with the downtown revitalization project, and invited the group to attend the next revitalization meeting on Thursday, Oct. 6.
John Saras brought news from the Sunnyside Museum Board that the museum would like to be a sponsor of the display. Other funding sources will be discussed at a future meeting.
The group will next meet at the Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce office on Wednesday, Oct. 26, at 5:30 p.m. Any person interested in the restoration project is welcome to attend.