PROSPERITY — Prosperity Town Council has unanimously approved a metal design for the town’s new signage.
A joint project of Tyla Bowers and Lee Boozer, the sign was designed by Bowers who asked Boozer to come on board after she saw an award winning gate he featured in a 2014 Prosperity’s Hoppin’ contest.
The pair designed a sign that incorporates two columns with tops based on the town hall cupola.
All the work will be done in Newberry County except for the powder paint, a two step process with a first coating to prevent corrosion and a second to provide resistance to ultraviolet light. That will be subcontracted out.
Boozer told council July 1 during a called meeting that he found an old Prosperity logo and patterned after it as much as possible.
After some discussion about the frog and frog shape, he agreed that he would consider lighter color of green in the final version of the sign but not so light as to take away from the slogan “Prosperity, Equal to the Name.”
“This will be a great calling card for the town and for myself,” said Boozer, a Prosperity resident. “The sign includes a similar feel as the old logo and incorporates the equal to the name slogan.”
Boozer estimates passersby have around five seconds to see the sign, so he said it needs to be clear, quick and draw people’s attention to the town square.
The frog is 1.5 feet in the current plan and Boozer said a lighter shade of powder paint might add to its effectiveness.
“(The paint) does not need be so bright as to overpower the Prosperity part of the sign, though,” he said.
The sign includes fencing in middle which helps the bank and depot remain visible despite the expanded sign.
Mayor Derek Underwood said the openness of the gate, which contains the oval sign plate, meant it would not hinder the view of the bank or depot.
The sign is about 4.5 feet tall with 10 feet between its columns. The oval, containing a frog image, is about three feet.
Boozer said the frog, a traditional image, could be available for the town for branding to unify other signs, car shows and promotional/marketing materials.
He is using an all metal aluminum fabrication process and the fence pickets will include drain holes to combat condensation. The complete panel weighs about 200 pounds.
Town Attorney Hank Bufkin asked if the installation would be permanent and Boozer recommended specialty bolts be used for security purposes that would discourage theft or vandalism.
Councilman Mike Hawkins said the town was trying to get the masonry work on the columns donated.
“The bank requested the same type of brick used in is renovations to be used in the sign…. I am with you all the way,” Hawkins said. “I really liked the gate concept to allow people to see the bank.”
Karen Livingston asked about options with the frog figure and placement but ultimately council went with the idea to place the frog in the center. Councilman Allen Gallman said he was 100 percent in favor of the proposal.
Resident Lorraine Bradley asked about solar power but due to the location and feasibility, council opted for electric power.
Council unanimously approved a frost glass, lighted option for the top portion of the cupolas.
Business woman Andi Hawkins said that historically the frog and slogan and font style connect Prosperity with its Frog Level past as its residents market the area for the future. With that in mind, council unanimously approved a frost glass, lighted option for the top portion of the cupolas.
The $3,400 price council approved 4-0 does not include masonry work, site work or in-kind work the town may provide the project. The metal panel is $2,000 and the lighting an additional $1,400.