The wheels of government turn slowly and, after four years, the Village of Northport has new welcome signs.
Thursday morning, village and Northport Chamber of Commerce officials gathered at one of the new signs, at Route 25A and Woodbine Avenue.
The process of getting the signs began in 2007, when then-Chamber president Ron Iannacone applied for a downtown revitalization grant from Suffolk County for the signage.
The resulting $12,400 grant included enough for four signs: The three others are at Reservoir and 25A, Laurel Avenue and 25A, and the north end of Ocean Avenue. All were constructed late last year, Iannacone said.
The new signs replace ones that were weather-beaten and falling apart, he said.
“It was always a craw in my side,” Iannacone said. “Every time I passed those signs it looked terrible. It wasn’t what Northport was about.”
A fifth sign, to be placed on Route 25A near TD Bank, will be paid for by the bank, said village Mayor George Doll.