A proposed privately funded
“Welcome to Waukesha” sign that could replace the current
one at St. Paul Avenue and Moreland Boulevard if the
Department of Transportation approves the change.
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WAUKESHA - Drivers entering Waukesha on
St. Paul Avenue at Moreland Boulevard are greeted by a
wooden “Welcome to Waukesha” sign covered in service
club insignias. But the city’s planning department is
working on an upgrade.
City Planner Jennifer Andrews said the Sign
Review Board has already approved a new stone and metal sign
featuring symbols that represent Waukesha: a guitar, a river, a
historical building and a train.
Andrews said that since the sign is proposed for
a state-owned right-of-way, only the Department of
Transportation - not the Building and Grounds Committee or
Common Council - will have to give its approval. Andrews also
said that her department hasn’t priced the sign yet.
Mayor Jeff Scrima said the sign will be privately
funded and that Plan Commissioner R.G. Keller is behind the
Scrima said the idea is to place the first sign
at St. Paul Avenue and Moreland Boulevard, and then add
additional signs around the perimeter of the city, including
Grandview Boulevard, Main Street, Racine Avenue and more.
“At this point, we don’t have funding, but we’re
anticipating that it would be privately funded,” Scrima said.
“From more than doubling our investment in road restoration in
the past four years to adding new code inspector position for
the coming year to designing and installing new entry signs
coming into the city, together we are continuing the momentum of
renewal and creating better pathways in and around the city.”