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1/31/2014 2:09:00 PM
New street signs start going up
Mike Koester, a City of Robinson employee, tries to separate the old East Main Street and Eaton Street signs in the workspace above the offices of the Public Works Department. Hes been assigned to change all the street signs in the east section of the community. (Graham Milldrum photo)
Mike Koester, a City of Robinson employee, tries to separate the old East Main Street and Eaton Street signs in the workspace above the offices of the Public Works Department. Hes been assigned to change all the street signs in the east section of the community. (Graham Milldrum photo)
City of Robinson workers have started to begin the replacement of the street signs across the eastern part of the community.

The city council approved splitting the city in half and will do the west side later.

Mike Koester is the worker assigned to take down the old signs, which are white text on a maroon field. The new ones are black text on a reflective white field.

These should be more visible at night, said Mayor Roger Pethtel when the council voted for the change.

The current signs were installed nearly 20 years ago and were reaching the end of their service life, employees said.

Koester begins by removing the sign assemblies, which carries two signs at right angles, from the post as the corner of the street. He collects five assemblies and then takes them back to the city's work space to disassemble them.

One of his goals is to preserve the bracket that connects the pole to the sign and the other that joins the two signs.

This isn't always possible. Some of the bolts holding the sign assembly together have seized up, making it difficult to dissemble. Koester has used penetrants, tools and pure muscle to separate the bolts and the mounting.

Sometimes the effort results in bolts being sheared off in the mounting or otherwise becoming useless. Then he has to bring in new brackets to replace the assemblies.

Reassembly is much simpler, taking only a few minutes. He is treating the new installations with anti-seizing materials to help whoever has to replace the signs in the future. Then he takes the group of five back out to their street corners.

So far he's replaced about 40 sign assemblies. The city received 512 individual signs for the current project.

City Engineer Jeff Hillard said that, weather permitting, the east-side signs will be replaced by the end of the month.

This assumes the weather doesn't worsen. Koester is one of the workers who will be running a snowplow.

The old signs will be available for purchase on a first-come, first-served basis at the Robinson Community Center for $5. The date the sale will begin is not yet set.



Reader Comments

Posted: Friday, February 07, 2014
Article comment by: Samantha Jones

What a coincidence! I know this guy. He is my friend back in high school. :). He is a very sweet guy. " One of his goals is to preserve the bracket that connects the pole to the sign and the other that joins the two signs." Good job Mike, you are contributing to the beautification, the decorating of our new city. I think the work maybe a little bit daunting but I believe you can do it. Try and don't give up.

Samantha Jones
http://www.nyc-seo.org


Posted: Thursday, February 06, 2014
Article comment by: Samantha Jones

What a coincidence! I know this guy. He is my friend back in high school. :). He is a very sweet guy. " One of his goals is to preserve the bracket that connects the pole to the sign and the other that joins the two signs." Good job Mike, you are contributing to the beautification, the decorating of our new city. I think the work maybe a little bit daunting but I believe you can do it. Try and don't give up.

Samantha Jones
http://www.nyc-seo.org




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