Signs put Basehor on the map
The Basehor Chamber of Commerce city signage project was all about putting Basehor on the map - literally.
When the chamber formed in 1985, charter member Susan Guy said she and others noticed Basehor had been left off a Kansas City-area map as if it didn't exist. They knew it was time to give the growing city a little recognition.
"That was one of the first things we did when we started the chamber - something to show where Basehor was, because nobody knew where Basehor was," Guy said. "Signage was one of the major things that the developers told us they'd like to see."
With a little fundraising, in 1986 the city's first wooden welcome signs were put up at the corners of155th Street and State Avenue and 142nd Street and Parallel Road.
Now, the chamber's first project is being revisited to keep Basehor's spot on the map clearly marked.
"It helps our businesses and helps identify the city; makes it more visible," Guy said.
Chamber members first brought the idea of revamped signage to the City Council in May 2007 and gained approval of the project as well as a bit of funding from the city. The rest of the funding came from the chamber's annual summer golf tournament.
The first priority was to replace the deteriorating original monument sign at 155th and State. Past Chamber board member Debbie Bonee led the collaborative effort and chamber member Miller Sign Shoppe was chosen to complete the project.
Kim Miller-Tallman, owner, said Miller Sign had been working with a company in Kansas City that manufactures a material called interlocking concrete stone and brought it to the chamber's attention.
"It's cinderblock with a manmade stone on the face of the block," Miller-Tallman said. "The blocks just lock together and kind of stack up like Legos. I think it's cost-effective along with the longevity. And, you can put it up in a half a day."
Priority No. 2 was to draw a little attention to the city's boundaries from the highway. Miller Sign designed two large blue "City of Basehor" signs to be placed near the Honey Creek Subdivision on 166th Street and State Avenue and the Falcon Lakes Subdivision on Kansas Highway 7 near Hollingsworth Road.
"The city logo has the blue, so that kind of ties in with the color," Bonee said. "I took some pictures of other cities' signs and looked at samples. We just weeded through all that and decided on a design we liked. Those two subdivisions are not contiguous with our city, so we wanted to identify those subdivisions as the city of Basehor."
Just like the monument sign, the aluminum highway signs are expected to last a long time and require little maintenance, Miller-Tallman said, except for a bit of painting.
The chamber plans to add signs Âon 158th Street at the southern city limits and 155th Street on the north side, and to replace the other original sign at 142nd Street and Parallel Road as funding becomes available.
Wiring for lighting at the monument sign was completed by chamber member Elite Electric and another chamber member, Jerry's Landscape, is expected to begin the landscaping around the monument sign on July 22.
To continue the local helping hands effort, the chamber hopes some sort of local community service group will pitch in to maintain the landscaping as well.
"It was a smooth process," Bonee said. "A collaborative effort between the city and chamber and our vendors."