Way Finding Manual deserves continued discussion, city says



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Marble Falls Director of Development Services Caleb Kraenzel presents a graphic to illustrate a possible city welcoming sign.

by Alexandria Randolph

Marble Falls Council plans to continue its discussion about a Way Finding Manual – a plan to direct visitors toward city assets like historic Main Street and the parks.

The decision was made following an inconclusive discussion during the council’s meeting Tuesday evening, Sept. 2. The Way Finding Manual was developed by city staff members at the direction of the Marble Falls Parks and Recreation Commission.

Marble Falls Director of Development Services Caleb Kraenzel said the staff was tasked to create a way-finding system that would not exceed an expense of $50,000. The plan includes information kiosks, several different signs – the largest of which, a vehicular directional sign standing 12 feet tall to be viewed by highway motorists – banners for the light posts on Main Street, and event banners for annual festivities such as Lakefest, the Walkway of Lights and Sculpture on Main.

“The next step is to order and install the banners, and develop a plan for specific sign locations and sign content,” Kraenzel said.

He added the staff was also considering adding a Historic Main Street gateway arch to the plan.

Some council members expressed concerns about the brown color scheme chosen for the project, while others questioned the project’s timeliness.

“At a time when we can’t pave our roads – I love the idea, but I think spending $50,000 on this is a little foolish,” said Councilmember Raymond Whitman.

For the full story, see Friday's Highlander.

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