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Quincy aldermen narrowly approve new wayfinding directional signs

It was a close vote at Quincy City Council Monday night for new signage to help tourists find their way around Quincy.

Aldermen voted 8-6 to install wayfinding directional signs around the city which point to landmarks such as downtown, the riverfront and places like Quincy Junior High.

The District pushed for these signs and board president Erica Shupe said they could help increase the city’s revenue but some alderman question whether they’re necessary. 

"Why do we need a sign showing where the riverfront is? If you come into Quincy and you don’t know where the river is. You shouldn’t be driving," said 3rd Ward Alderman Tom Ernst.

"We want to offer an inviting atmosphere for tourists when they come in. Wayfinding would allow them to be able to kind of get their bearings and be able to move around and explore downtown where they might visit restaurants or shops that they might not have done had they only used Google maps to get to a singular location," stated Shupe.

The city will use TIF money to pay for the signs. The first phase of directional signs will cost around $70,000 dollars.

District officials said expect to see the signs pop up before the year is up.

Also at Monday’s city council meeting, Alderman Terri Heinecke resigned from the historic business district committee. Alderman Tom Ernst resigned his position on the aeronautics committee, where he was serving as chairman. That came right after an open argument at tonight’s meeting.

Finally, the city authorized removing speed zones around Washington Elementary, which was closed after this past school year to make way for the new elementary schools.

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