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City of Geneva scraps welcome arch project, will redistribute funds

A controversial plan to build an arched welcome sign in the city’s central business district, paid for with state and local funding, has been scrapped.

Acting City Manager Sage Gerling told two opponents of the sign plan, Fred Brockway and former city councilor Jackie Augustine, on Friday that the state has agreed to allow the city to reallocate $142,000 in Downtown Revitalization Initiative funds reserved for the sign, which was tentatively set to be built at North Exchange (Route 14) and Lake streets.

The announcement came after critics suggested its placement well south of the city limits would give the impression that those who lived north of the archway were second-class citizens, a charge the city denied.

Brockway, a member of the DRI planning committee, suggested the state money could have been better utilized for other projects.

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