The current signs identifying the Township of West Milford at its boundaries do not enhance the township’s image say the West Milford Economic Development Committee (EDC) members.
They told the Township of West Milford Council at the Dec. 7 council workshop they are dedicated to getting new signs in place.
long-existing brown signs with their "West Milford Is a Clean Community" slogan have to go, said EDC Chair Robert Nicholson. He told the council that the signs need to
be replaced with ones that are more colorful, eye-catching and tell the message of the growing rebirth of the local tourism
"A clean community is nice but we need something more on those signs," said Nicholson. "We
need to tell about recreational activities that people can do. Thousands of cars pass along Route 23 all day long. We need
to give them (vehicle occupants) a reason to make a turn off the highway. We don’t need them to go to Sussex County.
The current signs are outdated and in disrepair. Brown was nice at one time but we (now) need bright colors."
suggested having a contest in local schools for student submissions of their ideas for a new sign and slogan design. Nicholson
pointed to signs at the entrances to other communities as examples of the type of sign that West Milford needs.
Greenwood Lake Airport Manager Tim Wagner agreed with Nicholson that new attractive signs at key locations are
one component that is essential to the success of the township’s new tourism business effort.
age, wear and tear don’t grab attention," said Wagner. "We need to show we are a recreation, caring community.
Like a business West Milford needs to be competitive. I look forward to having new signage."
is on for new signs at West Milford borders
Friday, April 6, 2012
Aim West Milford
An effort by two Township of West Milford appointed committees to have attractive signs placed on roads at entrances to the Township of West Milford will continue
during their separate meetings on Tuesday, April 10. The West Milford Beautification and Recycling Committee meets at 5:30
p.m. The West Milford Economic Development Committee (EDC) meets at 7:30 p.m. Both meetings are in the municipal building
This sign at the West Milford-Bloomingdale
boundary on Otterhole Road was removed the day after this photo was taken in February as part of plans to make the township
entrances more attractive with new or refurbished signage.
Greenwood Lake Airport Manager Tim Wagner
got people thinking about need for new signs during the Nov. 2, 2011 township council meeting. He expressed concern about
the image presented to people when they arrive at the various boundaries of the township.
"The old existing signs
at the entrance to the township are decrepit and present a bad image," said Wagner.
The signs he referred to remained
in place for the first three months of this year. Since then, Recycling Coordinator David Stires has been taking them down
and planned to take them to the department of public works (DPW) sign department in an effort to repair and improve them.
year Wagner became a member of the West Milford Economic Development Commission (EDC) and his message that the township needs new signs to advertise the township’s
beauty got immediate support there. EDC Chair Robert Nicholson is also a staunch crusader in the effort to get new signs.
West Milford Beautification and Recycling Committee also discussed a need to improve signage at the entrances to the township at their
meetings. Committee members said new signs are needed to improve the township’s appearance. They also support putting
up new upbeat signs to welcome visitors and increase business incentives.
Milford's new welcome signs renew beautification discussion
Saturday December 8, 2012,
Fresh welcome mats for the township have put a spotlight on local housekeeping efforts.
The new roadside signs
touting West Milford as a clean, multi-faceted community were designed by local volunteers in a joint effort between West Milford’s Economic
Development and Beautification and Recycling committees. According to Economic Development Committee (EDC) Chairman Robert
Nicholson, they represent a noteworthy development for the township and a small victory for the committees, which are adamant
about showcasing the natural beauty of West Milford.
The replacement of the decades-old carved and painted wooden signs
along the town’s main entryways resolved a long-standing concern, he said. Still, according to EDC member Tim Wagner,
issues with high grass, weeds, and garbage remain a source of apprehension.
While many of the main roads are county
owned, Wagner said he believes the ability of the local Department of Public Works (DPW) to handle maintenance on roadways
in West Milford has been hindered by the department’s steady reduction in staff through attrition. According to Councilman Michael
Ramaglia, who is entering his last month on the council, the local government has been taking a "wait and see" attitude
toward replacing losses in DPW staffing in recent years.
He recently urged residents to contact the municipal administration
to notify them of junk cars, overgrown weeds, and other eyesores "and see how fast they get addressed."
Bettina Bieri encouraged residents to do the same in order to allow the Planning Department’s zoning division to respond
to – not find – eyesores and other instances of non-compliance, noting the "DPW has a lot of work to do as