By Jan Schultz
The Imperial Republican
If a McCook company’s project is as successful as they hope, the city of Imperial will have a number of new steel-constructed benches for public use.
Earlier this year, the Imperial city council approved the project spearheaded by JLB Welding of McCook.
The city council committed to pay for cement pads under the benches if needed, and businesses in the community can purchase a “sponsorship” for $800, which allows them to place their business name and logo on a vinyl-inserted section on the bench’s back. Their business name remains on that bench for the life of the business.
Chase County Schools has already expressed interest in placing 17 benches at the school, football field and concession areas, according to Walter Lewis, JLB Welding’s sales director.
Lewis was scheduled to meet with the city park board Tuesday night this week to determine specifics for benches that will be placed in all city parks. Benches are also planned by the theatre, library and city offices, he said.
Lewis has already acquired 11 business sponsorships in Imperial. He said Monday that contacts are still being made for additional ones.
Business owners also have the option of purchasing a bench to place in front of their business, or designate one of them going in at the school or parks, he noted.
The five-foot wide benches weigh 130 lbs., and will be painted. Purchasers have choice of six colors, but as far as the school goes, their 17 will be in orange and black as requested by the administration.
After Lewis meets with the park board this week, the color of the benches going in at the parks will be decided, as well as how many in each of the parks and their locations.
The sales rep was also planning to get on next week’s county commissioner agenda to discuss the project for county properties.
It is his hope that the benches will be placed throughout the community the first week of August in time for the Chase County Fair.
Businesses already committing to purchasing one or more benches are Adams Bank & Trust, McNair Agency, Super Foods, Southwest Title, Prairie Dental, Ag West Commodities, Fine Things Jewelry & Gifts and First Bank & Trust.