“Welcome to Jacksonville” sign about to get a little more crowded

By Jim McCabe on May 13 at 1:18pm

City council voted last night to reposition the signs of seven different service club organizations and put them on the “welcome” sign, but the vote wasn’t unanimous.

The sign would include Kiwanis, Rotary, AMBUCS, Marine Corps League, the Masons, Pilot Club and Lions Club.

Lori Large-Oldenettel, who previously served as president of the Kiwanis Club, was one of the “no” votes. She says this isn’t fair and equitable to the 30-plus other organizations that represent the area.

“In order to be fair to all the organizations in Jacksonville who have been represented in the past, it would only be fair to reach out to those organizations again and ask if they would like to be a part of a ‘Welcome to Jacksonville’ sign. We’ve identified seven, and they’re the ones who have come forward,” says Oldenettel.

“I’m certainly in favor of cleaning up where they presently are and to another unified location, but I’m not in favor of adding to the Jacksonville sign because I think it would also clutter it up and take away from the Jacksonville sign that the city’s paid a lot of money on, and I just think there’s a better way to represent all the organizational signs in Jacksonville,” she continues.

Also voting against the measure were aldermen Mike Wankel and Adonnis Shaw. Voting in favor of the sign change: Steve Warmowkski, Jenny Geirnaeirt, Marcy Paterson, Bill Scott, Don Cook and Bruce McDaniel.