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New sign to go up at Loudy-Simpson Park

Erin Fenner

Moffat County commissioners voted to put up a new full-color, full-digital electronic sign at the entrance of Loudy-Simpson Park. The new sign will fit onto the existing sign at the entrance.

— Loudy-Simpson Park will see a small upgrade soon in the form of a new electronic sign.

Moffat County commissioners voted Tuesday to purchase a full-digital, full-color electronic sign, 4.5 feet by 7.5 feet, for $13,491 to go up on the existing wooden sign at the entrance of Loudy-Simpson Park.

The entire project, including labor and installation, will cost about $15,000, Moffat County Commissioner Chuck Grobe said.

"As long as I've been elected, we've been talking about" getting a sign, he said.

The commissioners decided to move forward on the project because they were awarded an Associated Governments of Northwest Colorado grant for $5,000, Grobe said.

"It's something we've been talking about for a while, and I put a grant application in for it in February," said Roy Tipton, Moffat County director of development services. "So we figured if we got the grant, we'd go ahead."

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Because the bid would be less than $15,000, the county could forgo the official bid process, Tipton said. But he recommended the lowest bid, which kept the county under its proposed project budget of about $18,000.

The sign will be programmable from a laptop and should be able to display photos and even video, Grobe said.

The project should brighten up the park entrance and be another way residents or visitors can figure out what's happening in Moffat County, he added.

"We're trying to make a little improvement every year at Loudy. We thought this would be a logical step," Grobe said. "So many times, people don't know when the ice rink is open or what's up at Loudy. We just thought it'd be good to upgrade Loudy."

The county won't know exactly when the sign will go up until the order is finalized.

Contact Erin Fenner at 970-875-1794 or efenner@CraigDailyPress.com.