February 27, 2013 update - signs to be changed
At the February 26th City Council meeting Tom Gathmann, Mill Creek City Public Works Director, reported receiving a number of calls from Mill Creek residents regarding the two new signs at Heron Park and Highlands Park. He said that most of the calls were from people who are not happy with the signs' bright red color.
Gathmann explained that the approval for the new signs went through an elaborate approval process back in 2006. He said the Design Review Board, the Mill Creek Business Association, and the City Council were all consulted. He said approval for a gradual phasing in of the new signs as well as the color pallet was given by the City Council.
During discussion at the February 26th City Council meeting, Councilmembers agreed that the red color was not appropriate.
Gathmann then advised the council that the existing signs could be taken down, sandblasted, and painted a new color.
Tom Rogers, Mill Creek Public Development Director, said the original plan included a range of colors and he the City Council could choose from one of the other approved colors.
The City Council decided to have the existing signs repainted with a color to be decided at a future City Council meeting.
This is the new sign at Heron Park, by the entrance to the Parkside development off Village Green Drive in Mill Creek. The sign is made out of solid aluminum and, love it or hate it, the sign is permanent.
This is part of an on-going sign program for parks, city buildings, city entrance locations, etc. that started about six or seven years ago. The general design (shape, size, color scheme) of the signs went through a fairly elaborate review process before being ultimately approved by the City Council.