Delaware County moves forward with $1 million welcome sign

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MUNCIE, Ind. (Sept. 24, 2015)-- There will soon be a $1 million "Welcome to Delaware County" sign posted on the side of 332 near Muncie. Residents in the area are blown away by the project's price tag.

‘That sounds like a waste of money,” said Muncie resident Trey Culvey.

“There are other things that the money could be used for other than a welcome sign to Muncie,” said Muncie resident Martha Williams.

Designs show the sign will stand ten feet tall and stretch 150 feet in length.

“It is a very good looking sign,” said Delaware County Commissioner Sherry Riggin.

The project has been in the works for years but many people found out about the plans after the county council passed the measure two votes to one this past Monday.

Commissioner Riggin voted against the measure but says the money has been set aside exclusively for the project and can not be spent on road or bridge work.

“When the government gives you money it has to be used for that,” said Commissioner Riggin.

Neither county commissioners that voted in favor of the sign were available for comment today. Riggin points out that the funding for the sign will mostly come from federal funding. Leaving a fraction for the county to pick up.

 Along with the massive price tag, many are also worried that people will not be able to see the sign from the roadway because it will be built in a field behind a fence line.

“A lot of people are going to be in their cars. how do you look at a nice looking sign when you’re traveling 50 to 55 miles an hour,” said Riggin.

Construction is set to begin after March of 2016.

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