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WPL board adopts new logo, considers land donation at 20/49 cloverleaf

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By JEFF SCHULTZ

The Westchester Public Library will be getting a new logo starting early next year as the Library Board of Trustees voted unanimously Thursday on an emblem for its new signage.

A committee consisting of board members Abbe Trent and Michelle Corazzo along with WPL Director Leea Yelich worked with the Library’s graphic design team of Jeannine Larmier and Jessica Deiotte on what signage would best represent WPL for years to come. The new logo is of two books open part way side-by-side to create the allusion of a “W.” The W is white against a dark background.

“It will become the symbol of the library,” Yelich said, who added that the image will be put on stationary and business cards for employees.

The committee also devised font schemes for the four WPL facilities. Corazzo said Thomas Library and the Library Service Center will have a modern style font while the fonts for the Hageman Branch and the Westchester Township History Museum will have a font with a slightly more “old-fashioned” look, given the character of the buildings.

“We wanted a fresh look, something you could look at in 20 years and still enjoy,” Corazzo said.

Board member Drew Rhed complimented his colleagues saying, “You did it. It looks great.”

The new signs will be made later next year as the Library is still in talks with the contractor. The contractor or sign company would also need to apply for permits with the Building Department, Yelich said. The board is also considering naming the Service Center in honor of longtime WPL director Phil Baugher.

Land

In other business, the board agreed to consider accepting a 1.5-acre parcel of land which abuts the exit ramp at the southwest corner of Ind. 49 and U.S. 20 from the land owner who has been trying to sell the property for a few years now.

Rhed, who briefly introduced the topic at the board’s last meeting, said the owner has considered the option of donating the property to WPL for its purposes if the board is interested.

The major obstacle, as board attorney Terry Hiestand pointed out, is access to the property which is currently vacant and has no roadways leading to it. In order to have access, it would require the cooperation of adjacent property owners as well as the state which is responsible for the highway.

Board member Rondi Wightman who lives in Porter not far from the location said the 49 and 20 cloverleaf was part of the Gateway to the Dunes initiative put together about five years ago with potential plans for businesses and hotels. The effort has since been dormant and the National Park Service has taken ownership of some of the lands surrounding the intersection so it’s questionable what, if any, development will eventually go there, Wightman said.

Board member Nicholas Tilden however felt the donation could be a good thing for the library and figured it is something worth pursuing.

The library is tax-exempt so the only costs involved would be for insurance, which would be minimal, said Hiestand. It would be similar to the property donated in Dune Acres.

Hiestand said he will look into the access issue by checking on the neighboring properties and report to the board later.

In other business, the board approved its meeting schedule for 2016 with the first meeting set for Jan. 14.

 

 

Posted 12/11/2015

 
 
 
 

 

 

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