By Bill Cleary
I received a TIP/complaint the other day about the conditions of
some of the Gloucester City Welcome Signs that greet visitors to our City.
The individual wrote, “I was
wondering if you could post a message about the GC Welcome Planters around our
city. It would be nice if they were cleaned up. The one near the border of Brooklawn and Gloucester City on Broadway (above) is overgrown with weeds. The sign near the high school on Market Street (left) is
also over run with weeds. The one off of Rt 42 at Market Street still has dried out mums in it from
last November. These signs are the first thing people see entering
our community/neighborhoods and it would be nice to set a great first
The seven welcome signs were put into place in 2007 by the contractor hired to do the job, Astro
Outdoor Advertising of Glassboro. The cost for each was $1,759 for a total of
$12,313. The arrangement at the time called for the signs being paid for by
various local businesses and maintained by local organizations. There was no tax dollars used to purchase them.
I would have to agree with the Tipster; some of the flower beds under the signs are in need of some TLC (tender loving care). Hopefully now that this has been pointed out the organizations responsible for maintaining them will take a day to weed and plant some flowers. If someone would let me know when the new plants are in the ground I will go back and take a picture to show everyone how nice they look.