Cove Herald/Holly Wise - The Copperas Cove Economic Development Corporation’s digital sign was installed last week near Arby’s on U.S. Highway 190. - -

By Holly Wise

The Cove Herald

There's a new digital sign in town and it's been a long time coming.

After sitting in storage for months, delayed by paperwork, the Copperas Cove Economic Development Corporation's digital sign finally saw the light of day last week when it was installed next to Arby's on U.S. Highway 190.

Electricity and internet to the sign was expected to be completed Wednesday.

The EDC board of directors approved the purchase of additional insurance Wednesday to cover additional stipulations that are required to be met because the sign is up, EDC Executive Director Polo Enriquez told the board.

The sign is insured for $248,000, which includes damage by vandalism and natural causes.

Enriquez requested a workshop session be held so the board can give staff directives on how to move forward with the sign.

"We need some guidelines as to the administrative policies," he said. Those policies include priorities of use, selling space on the sign, image and graphic standards and outlining contractual agreements.

"In my view these are policy guidelines the board needs to provide the staff with," he said.

In other business, the board unanimously approved a payment of $178,898 to Dixon Paving for the extension of Constitution Drive.

This was the fourth payment on the $1.1 million paving project. The EDC has a remaining balance of $613,844 with the paving company. The board unanimously approved the purchase of software, which will allow the EDC to track projects, contacts, buildings and sites, new investments and new jobs. The BlueOcean EcoDev Tracker's initial cost is $1,995 with a $150 fee per quarter.

The board unanimously approved bids from BKCW Insurance, CENTEX Technologies and J&F Janitorial Services.

Contact Holly Wise at or (254)501-7474.

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