By Conrad Dudderar
As part of an effort to encourage Yukon residents to shop in the City of Yukon, city leaders are considering installing new city boundary signage – with an emphasis on Yukon’s south edge.
Yukon City Manager Tammy Kretchmar discussed the possibility during the city council’s Feb. 2 work session. No action was taken.
No decisions have been made about buying and placing three new signs at Yukon’s east city limits. Estimated price tag is almost $13,000 per sign plus OG&E electric connection costs.
If the city council decides to move forward, the City of Yukon would solicit bids from sign companies.
“A couple council members wanted us to look at putting up some signs that show the boundaries, especially on 10th Street,” Kretchmar said, “so that our citizens and our visitors would know when they cross into Oklahoma City and when they are back in Yukon city limits.
“We are looking at Garth Brooks Boulevard and 10th Street, Cornwell and 10th Street as well at Yukon Parkway and 10th Street.”
New signs are not included in the City of Yukon’s 2020-21 annual budget but could be added to the 2021-22 budget, Kretchmar noted. Funds could come from the city’s hotel-motel tax account used for tourism.
SALES TAX REVENUE LOSS
Yukon city officials have lamented the loss of sales tax revenue when Yukon residents shop at businesses “across the border” on the south side of N.W. 10th. Stores south of 10th Street may have Yukon addresses, but are in Oklahoma City limits.
Council members this week viewed detailed drawings of several proposed signs, which would welcome people to Yukon on the front side and read “now leaving Yukon city limits – please visit us again” on the back side.
“Love that,” Mayor Shelli Selby said.
With Oklahoma City’s growth surrounding Yukon city limits, Selby said “it’s so important for people to actually know” where the boundaries are and “where the tax dollars stop.”
City officials also are studying larger signs with landscaping for motorists exiting off Interstate 40 into Yukon. There are no cost estimates yet for these signs.
Yukon city staff has worked with the company Cutting Edge Signs, which provided “Welcome to Yukon” signs on the east and west boundaries of Yukon, and one near the Main Street railroad tracks.
Ward 4 Council Member Aric Gilliland wondered if the city could establish a fund for beautification-related projects so monies could be set aside for such improvements.
Yukon citizens can donate to the City of Yukon for a specific project like this, City Attorney Roger Rinehart advised the council.