Elk River to pursue ‘Welcome to Elk River’ signs

by Kurt Nesbitt
Contributing Writer
To city officials, the U.S. Highway 10 corridor is the official gateway to Elk River.
And yet, there’s nothing marking that official entrance.
After months of discussion in and out of council meetings, the Elk River City Council decided Monday night to move ahead with the first phase of a plan that will add signs to the part of the highway that comes into the city and to certain city parks. They gave city staff permission to look for bids to build massive monument signs that have natural stone veneer and read “Welcome to Elk River.”
The signs are a part of a 2013 plan that outlined the city’s vision for the community. In the past, signs have been approved by city officials and then postponed by city staff, city documents said.
On Monday night, the council approved spending $200,000 a year on signs for the next three years using money Great River Energy pays into a city fund based on the tons of garbage GRE burns in Elk River. According to city documents, that fund holds $1.6 million and takes in an additional $200,000 each year.