If the Gardiner City Council approves, the city could have a gateway welcome sign on Interstate 295 paid for with private funds.

As envisioned, the sign would be affixed to a stone wall visible to traffic heading north on the highway. It would read: “Gardiner Find Yourself Here” in letters cut from reflective material, and it would be lighted by solar-powered lights attached to the flag poles that would be installed as part of the project.

To move the plan forward, an easement with the property owner to ensure access to maintain the sign and the lights is required. It’s anticipated that the letters might have to be replaced in 15 to 20 years.

City officials are seeking guidance on the project concept rather than final approval on the plan and maintenance agreement.

Because the project is in very early stages, no costs have been developed. It would be paid for by private fundraising.

Elected officials will also:

• hold a public hearing and have the second reading of the Adaptive Reuse Overlay District for Lost Orchard Brewery.

• hold a public hearing and have the first reading of Land Use Ordinance amendments.

• discuss Question 2 on the upcoming statewide referendum, which would impose an additional 3 percent income tax to incomes higher than $200,000 to provide direct support for K-12 education.

• consider a boundary line agreement with Uplift on Summer Street.

• consider reappointing the police chief for a one-year term.

• consider setting priorities for requested ordinance amendments with the Ordinance Review Committee.

• consider using the Workers Compensation dividend for staff bonuses and to address safety issues.

The City Council meets at 6 p.m. Wednesday in City Council chambers at 6 Church St.

Jessica Lowell — 621-5632

[email protected]

Twitter: @JLowellKJ

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