No excuse for getting lost

Way-finding signs coming to Forest Lake this fall

This rendering shows an example of a way-finding sign. (Illustration submitted)

Clint Riese
News Editor

Navigating Forest Lake should get a little easier this fall.

The city is the first in the Twin Cities metro – and among the first statewide – to take advantage of the Minnesota Department of Transportation’s new Community Destination Signage Program. Approximately 20 way-finding street signs will soon be erected along main Forest Lake thoroughfares to point drivers toward various public facilities and geographic regions of town.

The City Council green-lighted the project Monday night via a resolution required by MnDOT that delineated responsibility for sign repair and replacement to the city. The way-finding signage concept originated with the city’s Economic Development Authority, which last month approved spending up to $7,500 for the project. The funds will come out of the EDA’s budget.

Both the council and EDA were impressed at their meetings on Monday by a rendering of the signs.

“It’s a great way to bring out our branding in the community,” said Mayor Chris Johnson during the council meeting. “It’s really been something that’s been well received on the part of the EDA and it will help get people to significant points in the community.”

With MnDOT expected to rubber stamp the project, the city’s goal is to have the signs up before the ground hardens.

Included in the signage will be destinations such as city hall, schools, Castlewood Golf Course, the airport, the downtown and Lakeside Park.

City Administrator Reviewed

The council on Monday also expressed a favorable opinion of City Administrator Aaron Parrish while announcing the results of his annual review. Parrish took the city’s top post on Nov. 14, 2011. He was also reviewed by the council after four months.

“I think that the council’s been very pleased with not only Aaron’s work ethic, his knowledge of a variety of areas but also his willingness to really dig in and get to know the city staff and understand the community and getting integrated into the community,” said Mayor Johnson.