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City Planning and Codes Director Andrew Pieri introduced graphic artist Cindy Stone to members of the City of Portland Board of Mayor and Alderman at the work study session on July 3. Pieri's department is working towards new signage and logos for the city. BONNIE FUSSELL

Portland Planning and Codes Director Andrew Pieri is moving forward on the need for the city to create new signage by the spring of 2018. He is expecting the State of Tennessee to request signage at that time for the monument sign on state property at the new interchange, which should be designed to encourage travelers to come to Portland.

The Strategic Development Plan of the North Gateway Corridor Study done by Ragan-Smith outlined the need for new signage for the area and used throughout the city. According to Pieri, there are currently three different logos on city vehicles.

There is sample signage in the Strategic Development Plan. The city recently approved this study, which is also referred to as the 109 Corridor Plan. The signage is expected to be used by both the city and the Portland Chamber of Commerce, when adopted. The signage will be used to direct people throughout Portland to places of interest.

Pieri presented the signage proposal to the Board of Mayor and Alderman Meeting held on July 3 because it was not a part of his approved operating budget. The cost of formatting the designs is expected to be in the range of $8,000 to $11,000.

He invited graphic artist Cindy Stone from Hendersonville to address the board. Stone was recommended by Volunteer State Community College. Pieri said she is highly regarded in the industry. She does work for many national and local clients. She has been asked to create three to four sketches to bring to the BOMA.

The proposal is expected to be on the agenda for the next BOMA meeting on July 17.

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