Duluth approves new city signage

DULUTH -- The Duluth City Council on Monday approved Phase II of a contract with Atlanta-based Sky Design to design wayfinding signs that will strengthen community identity and help residents and visitors find their way around the city.

"This signage will project Duluth's strong sense of place and our desire to create the feeling that 'you have arrived' at someplace special once you enter into the City of Duluth," said Alisa Williams, the city's public information and marketing director.

The council had approved Phase I to research potential sign locations in the amount of $9,350 with Sky Design in November. The Phase II cost for sign design totals $15,950.

The new city logo and tagline "Duluth -- Capture the Spirit of Good Living" will be incorporated into the signage, Williams said.

The council is appointing a committee to provide input on the signs, she said.

Mayor Nancy Harris and the council proclaimed Jan. 11 Jim Hall Day and presented the outgoing councilman with a crystal statue bearing the city's new logo. Hall also was given a photo album of his activities while in office. An appreciation reception for his service to the city preceded the council meeting.

Hall, who did not seek re-election, served two four-year terms on the council.

Municipal Judge Charles Barrett swore in Billy Jones to his first four-year term on the council and returning Councilman Jim Dugan, who has served on the council since 1999.

Jones, a lifelong Duluth resident with five generations of his family residing in the city, is an IT project manager at Cisco.

Council Member Marsha Bomar was named mayor pro tem for 2010. Bomar, who was out of town, will be sworn in to her second four-year term at the Jan. 25 council meeting.

In other business, the council:

* Amended the budget to reflect $10,783 received from FEMA as reimbursement for damages to the city's infrastructure caused by the September floods.

* Named the Gwinnett Daily Post as legal organ for Duluth in 2010.

* Renewed the appointment of the Lawrenceville-based law firm of Thompson & Sweeny as the city's legal counsel for 2010.

* Appointed the 2010 engineering firms of record for the city.

* Set dates for regular council meetings on the second and fourth Mondays of the month at 7 p.m. A work session precedes the meetings at 6:15 p.m.

* Honoring Public Works Department employee Anthony Griggs as Employee of the Year for 2009. Griggs was selected by his peers.

Mayor Harris will deliver the annual State of the City address at 11:30 a.m. Jan. 26 at Duluth First United Methodist Church. The theme will be Duluth as a "healthy city." For reservations, go to www.duluthstateofthecity.org.