Shelton eBoardsSHELTON – The city of Shelton plans to get the message across with new electronic community reader boards on the north and south ends of Olympic Highway leading into the city.

The city commissioners on Tuesday night agreed to locate electronic billboards next to the Overlook Park turn-out at Olympic Highway South, and at a site coming into Shelton on Olympic Highway North within about 300 feet of E. Wallace Kneeland Boulevard.

The signs were donated by Mason County Public Utility District to replace the old street banners PUD installed for years across the highway.

Shelton Public Works Director Greg Clark showed the city commissioners photos of the two reader boards, which he said would be installed soon by the city Public Works crew. Power lines would be extended to the signs by Mason County PUD. Water lines would also be installed for landscaping, Clark said.

“We are very excited to be bringing forward these community readers boards that are going to replace the banners that have been put up for years in our town,” Clark said.

Replacement of service organization signs at Overlook Park community reader sign location would be up to the clubs, Clark said.

“I think there’s a vision that some of the service clubs may want to put their logos near these signs,” Clark said.

The signs would post upcoming events and scroll other information, updated via the Internet using wireless technology, Clark said.

“We can use it for anything the community desires to get the word out,” he said.

The sign structures with a rustic motif were designed by Randy Howard at Mason County PUD, city officials said.

The signs were designed, built and donated by Mason PUD and the city is providing services to install them. The PUD is paying the power bill for the signs in perpetuity, Clark said, and the city agrees to update information on the signs.

The state auditor’s office told PUD that using their crew to post the banners was not PUD’s public responsibility, so the service was eliminated, officials said.

Justin Holzgrove, with PUD said the cost of the structures built by PUD and the electronic signs amounts to a donation of about $25,000 to the city.

Jan. 20, 2016 - By Jeff Chew/iFIBERONE News