The Washington City Council tabled the Washington Public Library’s request to purchase an outdoor digital marquee to be placed on the Fifth Street side of the library at its Monday night meeting.
The matter was tabled so that the Washingtion Historic Preservation Commission could examine possible repercussions of adding the 92- by 61-inch display in Washington’s historic downtown.
The selected LED monument sign was bid and designed by Ziglin Signs of Washington. The placement of the sign would be near the southeast corner of the building on the grassy area between the library and the sidewalk. It would be visible to drivers in both directions on fifth Street and from the intersection of 5th and Jefferson streets.
“The Friends of the Washington Public Library will pay for the cost and installation of the sign. The only cost to the city would be running electricity to the sign from an existing source on that side of the building,” said Washington Public Library Director Nell Redhage in a letter to the council.
The cost of the sign would come under $20,000.
The marquee’s intended purpose is to advertise events happening at the library, parks and recreation, and other city related functions, said Redhage.