The South Charleston Economic Development Authority on Tuesday approved spending more than $54,000 on decorative street lights and signs as part of an effort to spruce up the downtown business area.
The authority will pay Charleston-based Ferguson Enterprises Inc. $28,475 for nine lampposts that city workers will install along 2nd Avenue in the area of the Holiday Inn and Suites.
The posts will match lighting currently installed along D Street.
They will also pay Sanford, Fla.-based OnSight $25,750 for 28 decorative stop and street sign posts that will be installed between 1st and 7th avenues in the area of D Street.
The signs will also display a specially designed city logo.
Mayor Frank Mullens and authority members said the new decorative signs were a good investment and improve the look of downtown.
Mullens said he was working with Dow Chemical plant officials to improve the eastern entrance to the city along MacCorkle Ave.
He said Dow might give the city 40 to 50 feet of its land, which the city could develop into greenspaces. The city could also build mounds in the area of the sewage processing plant to block that area from the view of passing motorists.