POMEROY — “It will be a ‘Welcome to Pomeroy’ structure, something nice for people coming into the village,” said Vic Young.
Sections of the mysterious structure appeared over a recent weekend, as Young and his construction crew worked on weekends to create a large billboard at the intersection of State Routes 833 and 124 (Nye Avenue and East Main Street).
Pomeroy officials said the edifice would be a more professional look to the entrance than the mishmash of ground signs that have proliferated in that location.
Though Young undertook the project as a volunteer, he addressed the project during the most recent Pomeroy Village Council meeting, on which he holds a seat.
“We would like to give first opportunity (to have advertising space) on the board to Pomeroy merchants,” he said.
The billboard is in the spirit of an overall beautification push by Pomeroy council.
The base will include decorative stone, while a local florist has been secured to manage the flower beds. Fees paid to the village for use of the billboard have been allocated to a line item for its upkeep.
Signmaker and decal artist Jason Shain, of Racine, will handle all the sign printing, which Young said would ensure uniform design and prevent unsightly gaps.
Young calculated upwards of twenty spaces, measuring two feet by four feet, would be available for businesses and the village.
A state official was happy to give permission to build on what is actually state property, according to Young. Pomeroy will pay material costs while Young provides labor free to the village.
“Now it’s just weekend work, so it will take some time. I know it’s a bit rough looking while it’s going up, but it is really going to look nice when everything is done,” said Young.
Michael Hart is a freelance writer for The Daily Sentinel.