RP puts off decision on sign program
City ‘surprised,’ ‘disappointed’ with SSU concerning GMC
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By Jud Snyder  October 25, 2012 12:00 am

Rohnert Park’s City Council took no action at their Tuesday night meeting on the Way Finding Sign program for seven directional signs pointing the way to Sonoma State University, Green Music Center, Spreckels Performing Center and the RP Community Center.

Instead, the five council members debated sign locations, or which should be on top, either SSU, Green Music Center or the city’s own facilities. Sharing the $34,000 estimated costs was also discussed.

In an Aug. 14 e-mail from SSU, they requested no mention of Green Music Center be affixed to the signs. Planning and Building manager Marilyn Ponton, in her staff report said, “the University had not determined the appropriate naming protocol for the directionals.”

Tuesday night, she told this reporter she has not received any other message from SSU indicating why Green Music Center shouldn’t be listed on the RP signs. No one on the council asked her why the omission was requested.

Ponton was “surprised” by the SSU e-mail. It was apparent the council was split on whether SSU or the city facilities should get top billing.

Vice Mayor Pam Stafford said she was “Disappointed. The whole point of the signs was to promote Green Music Center, and I don’t know why SSU should be on the top.”

Councilman Joe Callinan said, “I agree with Pam. Put Rohnert Park on top.” He also suggested the city’s performing arts and community centers should be on all seven signs.

Mayor Jake Mackenzie said, “This is a compromise, it’s not unreasonable.”

Ponton noted, “We could amend the resolution, but we’d have to send it back to SSU for their input.”

At this point, Mackenzie said, “We will return to this matter in due course.”

No vote was taken.

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