When the railroad bridge was replaced earlier this year at the south entrance to town, the wooden sign long welcoming traffic to Elsberry needed to be moved to clear the worksite. However, the sign was so deteriorated that it was unable to be saved.
Realizing the need to update the city’s signage already, the Elsberry Community Growth Association, a 501(C)(3) membership organization composed of over 160 businesses, organizations and individuals with Elsberry ties, sprang into action.
Working with ECGA-member Joe Talbot and Landesign, LLC, the Board of Directors approved a proposed stone monument sign. The metal letter work saying “Welcome to Elsberry” will be completed by Elsberry entrepreneur Tyler Collins of Collins Custom Cuts and Powdercoating.
A combined crew of ECGA Board members, members and other volunteers cleared the area along the entrance to town during two workdays this year to prepare it for the sign and the planting of a row of Sugar Maple trees.
In addition to the work mentioned above, a coalition of individuals and families each contributed $100 to the letters and cost of the sign. Because of their generosity, $1,800 was raised toward the $7,000 project which is otherwise covered by the membership and sponsorship dollars of the ECGA.
The Board of directors would like to express their great appreciation to the following persons for their contribution: Chad and Jodi Dormire, Joe and Carla Talbot, Joe and Julie Wayman, Jim and Redonda Heitman, the Holland Family, David ad Myra Beauchamp, David & Myra (Ellis) Beauchamp, Diane (Tapley) Hudnall, Joe and Lonni Ogden, Scott and Erin Black, Jim and Betty Leathers, Joe and Peggy Briscoe, Mark and Jenny Kroeger, Ryan and Jessica Reinhardt, the Remmert Family, Brian and Melissa Jackson, and Lance and Jeanie Meyer. Another contribution was also made anonymously as a gift and will be announced once presented.
To celebrate the completion of the sign, the ECGA is holding a ribbon cutting event on Sunday, Nov. 24 at 3:30 p.m. (at the stop sign near Casey’s). There will be a brief presentation, a recognition of those who purchased a letter to raise money for the project and a light refreshment served afterwards. The community is invited to attend.
For more information about the ECGA, find them on Facebook (www.facebook.com/growingelsberry) or call them at (636) 565-0498.