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Signing the way

There have been many unusual suggestions for how to use the money from the lease and sale of the city’s electric utility, but that didn’t stop Council President Tom Smith, R-1st, from offering his own.

During an introduction of the city’s gateway plan, Smith suggested using some of that nearly $75 million to buy electronic signs to place at the entry points into Fort Wayne. The signs could welcome people to town as well as provide information and even alerts, he said.

“These could be a very significant real project that could serve for many many years,” he said.

Some of the other members on the council, however, were a little luke warm on the idea.

Councilman John Crawford, R-at-large, noted that many people don’t like electronic signs and noted there are several groups competing for the money.

Councilman Mitch Harper, R-4th, said signs will begin to be less important as more motorists rely on GPS devices and other technology in their vehicles to get information.