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LEMOORE — At its regular meeting Tuesday night, the Lemoore City Council discussed the possibility of the city getting welcome signs and approved a bid for some much-needed roadwork in areas around town.

Council discussed what they would like to see in terms of a welcome sign for the city of Lemoore, which was brought up by Councilman Jeff Chedester at the end of the April 18 council meeting. Chedester said at the previous meeting that many cities have welcome signs and he thought it would be a great way for people to know Lemoore is a friendly city to visit.

Michelle Speer, assistant to the city manager, showed council members many different welcome signs from cities around the state including Hanford, Visalia, McFarland, Oakhurst, Corcoran and Bakersfield to gauge what their vision is for a Lemoore welcome sign.

The council is leaning toward a monument-type sign to possibly be located near the 198 and 41 highways that will draw the attention of passersby. Councilman Dave Brown said he has met many people who reference Lemoore as “that town we pass by on our way to the coast,” and he would like to capitalize on that recognition with a sign that will possibly make people stop for a bite to eat or rest.

“If we put this kind of sign out there, it’s going to tell people this is Lemoore, a friendly place,” Brown said.

Members of the council said they would also like to incorporate what the city is about into the theme of the sign. Some of the ideas floating around were an agriculture theme or a Naval Air Station Lemoore theme. They also leaned toward a simply-worded message on the sign, saying just “Welcome to Lemoore” would work fine.

Speer said there are talented people in Lemoore who could make these signs and she told council some mock-ups of signs would be made to bring back to council for review at a later date before getting community input.

In new business, Public Works Director Nathan Olson told council about slurry seal street projects that are scheduled. Slurry seal is an application of a mixture of water, asphalt emulsion, aggregate and additives to an existing asphalt pavement surface to extend the surface life of heavily traveled roadways.

The slurry seal projects would take place in five sections of the city:

• Belle Haven Drive between Bush Street and Industry Way near Leprino Foods;

• 19th Avenue between Bush Street and Silverado Drive;

• Mulberry Lane, Cypress Lane and Acacia Court;

• Cherry Lane, Contenta Court, Vista Court and Cambria Lane;

• Stinson Drive and Marin Drive.

The only concerns about this project came from Brown, who said the time frame of the project should take into consideration the effect of roadwork on access to nearby schools. Olson said he knows schools let out in the beginning of June, and he would like the projects to start as soon as possible.

Olson said the area that will be most affected by the projects will be Belle Haven Drive, which sees upward of 300 trucks a day coming in and out of Leprino Foods. He said the department will work with the company to make sure trucks use the northern route on Hanford-Armona Road.

All five members of council — Mayor Ray Madrigal, Mayor Pro Tem Eddie Neal, and councilmembers Chedester, Brown and Holly Blair — approved the bid for the projects that will start soon and cost $215,427. Most of the money was already previously budgeted for these street projects.

The reporter can be reached at 583-2423 or jzavala@hanfordsentinel.com

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