BOONE COUNTY — The Boone County Emergency Management Agency is ahead of the goal it set for its 2020 Summer Sign Project, which has repaired or replaced over 120 street signs across the county.
The sign project is the first step in helping the county to be more navigable for emergency workers.
Director Michael Mahorn spoke in an E/911 Advisory Board meeting on Sept. 1 about the project, led by Deputy Director Arch Griffith.
“(Griffith) will surpass the goal of 120 and he’s going to surpass that with 134 or 136 repaired or replaced, and a lot of hard work went out in putting those poles in the ground and those signs out,” he said. “What aided in the expediency of that was some of the equipment you allowed us to purchase, including the post drivers and definitely the new truck.”
The cost for repair or replacement averages about $100 per sign, Mahorn said, with funding for the initiative coming via the 911 budget. Some signs needed new poles or even straightening when possible before they were remounted; some, due to theft or extensive damage, had to be replaced altogether.
“The best way for us to get someone help when they need it is to have signs in place to help them (medical or fire personnel) find the person in need, and that starts with good signs,” he said. “The next phase is to update our addressing and hit as many of those as we can. The winter project will include updating our mapping system.”
In terms of the signage, Griffith said, some areas of the county had more need than others.
“We saw the biggest needs in the Nellis area and up around the Bloomingrose area of the county,” he said. “But the overall scope of it covered a lot of ground.”
Boone County Commissioner Brett Kuhn complimented the project, along with the overall effectiveness of the agency through the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I want to make a general comment about the work you’ve done through this pandemic and you’ve kept us up to date on everything and we appreciate your hard work and that of everyone down there,” he said.
Commission President Eddie Hendricks added, “I was talking to a guy that is starting up another newspaper and he talked about how thorough that we’ve been in this county from top to bottom, and his concern is the hero pay — which is something you have to deal with later — but you guys have been phenomenal.”