New entrance sign donated to Jay

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JAY – Resident Hyla Friedman told selectmen Monday that she and others had a sign made up for the entrance to Jay. The problem is there is a sign already in the place where she and others want theirs to go.

Friedman said they had a 45-inch-by-78-inch oval “Welcome to Jay” sign with a green background and white lettering made up. The sign was ordered, and she found someone to anonymously donate $435 to pay for it, and she has also found someone to install it.

“You own a sign,” Friedman said.

She will have it dropped off so selectmen can determine where it will go.

“It’s quite nice,” she said.

Friedman suggested the sign go on the church lawn.

But the town already has a sign on the church’ lawn at the gateway to Jay near the veterans memorial. Selectmen held a contest last year and more than 50 people entered designs for a logo and slogan for stationary and other town products such as the sign.

The sign installed on St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church’ lawn features the Androscoggin River winding amid its banks, with trees dotting the landscape and an eagle in the sky with the slogan “Proud of our past, working for our future.”

Selectmen’s Chairman Bill Harlow said selectmen held the contest to get residents involved in creating a new slogan and logo to better represent the town.

“We thought it was for stationary,” Friedman said, of the contest. “We didn’t realize it was for a sign.”

Resident Cindy Bennett said the sign installed last year is hard to read.

“You can’t see it,” she said.

Friedman said people have called her about the sign and some have thought it was for Jay High School because it is orange and black, the Tigers’ colors.

Selectmen said they hadn’t received complaints about the sign.

Town Manager Ruth Marden said someone has pointed out one of the words has faded.

Selectman Amy Pineau suggested the new sign be put in North Jay.

Bennett said the new sign would be more visible at the entrance to Jay on the Livermore Falls line.

Selectmen Rick Simoneau and Barry McDonald said a lot of kids were involved in designing the sign installed last year.

Marden said the first she learned about the new sign was when highway foreman John Johnson told her that Friedman wanted the new sign installed.

Marden said she certified to the state that some of the grant money was used to create the existing sign.

“We were all under the impression that it went along with the gateway grant to beautify the town,” Friedman said. “Our mistake. We found someone to pay for it.”

Selectmen decided to review pictures of the new sign to decide where it could go.

In other business, selectmen approved a junkyard permit for Autobahn Hi Performance Inc., located at the former Moosehorn Trading Post, on Route 4 in North Jay.

The yard will be screened with trees and be about 100 feet by 100 feet and located 200 feet from Route 4 and 125 feet from Lake School Road, town Code Enforcement Officer Shiloh Ring said.

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