Have you ever taken a good look at the signs you pass every day on Mansfield roadways? Have you ever noticed how tired and faded many of them look? For a visitor or new resident, trying to find their way without the guidance of a GPS system can be quite a difficult chore.
“Sign, sign, everywhere a sign
Blockin’ out the scenery, breakin’ my mind
Do this, don’t do that, can’t you read the sign?
-The Five Man Electrical Band
After moving back to Mansfield four years ago, I’ve taken notice of the signs. We have so many tired and faded signs that add to the overall blight of the community. Moreover, the signs you need to have when it comes to finding attractions and basic directions through town are hard to come by. If we expect to grow our community, this is one of those little things that can go a long way to making our city a better place to live.
If elected, I’ll work with the street department to come up with a program to replace or remove damaged or faded signs. I would also encourage the administration to work with ODOT to improve the state’s highway signage through our community — similar to what you can find in places like Mt. Vernon and would look for opportunities to form community partnerships to extend the signage that you can find along N. Main Street in the flats and continue that into other parts of our community.