Union County receives $25,000 grant


Funds to be used for LED signage at stadium

By Charles Warner - cwarner@civitasmedia.com



Charles Warner | The Union Daily Times LED signage like this one will soon be on display at the Union County Stadium. The county has received a $25,000 grant from the Timken Foundation which will be used to purchase the signage. It will be used to display information, including photos, about community events.


By Charles Warner

cwarner@civitasmedia.com

UNION COUNTY — A $25,000 grant from the Timken Foundation will enable Union County to purchase LED signage for the Union County Stadium.

In his report to Union County Council during Tuesday’s council meeting, Supervisor Frank Hart announced that the county had received the grant.

Also present at the meeting was Union County Airport and Stadium Director Ronnie Wade who at Hart’s direction briefed council on what the sign would be used for.

“Our idea is we have lot of charitable groups that do a lot of activities and a lot of times they are scheduled over each other,” Wade said in an interview with The Union Daily Times Friday morning. “What we thought is if we had a two-faced color programmable board these could be displayed on it and it would eliminate confusion and allow the community to know what activities are being planned.”

Wade said the LED would be digital and capable of displaying images as well words. He said this would allow organizations to put pictures up advertising their activities. As an example, Wade said the Union County Animal Shelter could put up photos of dogs and cats available for adoption.

In addition to being able to provide these services, Wade said the LED signage, which would be 36 x 71/2 and placed at the stadium, would also have to be “vandal proof.” He said he will be seeking bids from companies that sell LED signage that can meet the county’s requirements.

Wade said the county is able to purchase the LED signage for the stadium because of the $25,000 grant it received from the Timken Foundation. He said that he had been invited by the foundation to make a grant presentation and did one about the need for LED signage at the stadium. The foundation approved the grant and Wade said he received the check last week.

The grant could conceivably pay for the LED signage itself, but Wade said if it costs more the balance could be paid with funds raised from the sale of signs at the stadium. Wade said the county earns $200 a year per sign with the revenue generated placed in a fund. He said the money collected in the fund is used for projects at the stadium, the most recent being the development of a handicapped-accessible area.

Improvements

In a related matter, Hart reported on the stadium improvements process, telling council that the Union County Board of School Trustees has appointed a representative with whom he will be meeting to discuss the next steps for the capital improvements program.

Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090 or cwarner@civitasmedia.com.

Charles Warner | The Union Daily Times LED signage like this one will soon be on display at the Union County Stadium. The county has received a $25,000 grant from the Timken Foundation which will be used to purchase the signage. It will be used to display information, including photos, about community events.
http://uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/web1_IMG_00131.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Daily Times LED signage like this one will soon be on display at the Union County Stadium. The county has received a $25,000 grant from the Timken Foundation which will be used to purchase the signage. It will be used to display information, including photos, about community events.
Funds to be used for LED signage at stadium

By Charles Warner

cwarner@civitasmedia.com

Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090 or cwarner@civitasmedia.com.

Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090 or cwarner@civitasmedia.com.

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