You may have noticed some new signs welcoming you to the City of Auburn Hills. Hopefully, you think they look sharp, and that they represent the style and panache of Auburn Hills.

Let me take a moment and point out that these signs are a little bit special. Our in-house staff can fabricate all of the normal traffic signs you see throughout the community, but when it comes to more complex signs, we often use a commercial sign shop. Sometimes it’s because the sign requires special materials, complex fabrication, elaborate design work or for logistical and technical reasons. Fortunately, in this case, we felt we could create and install these signs ourselves, and I think the finished product speaks for itself.

We have a lot of talent here at DPW. People come to work here from all sorts of backgrounds and bring with them a variety of experience. We have some pretty talented staff in our sign shop, but there is a lot of hidden talent in other work groups also. Our sign shop procured certain parts, our city electricians did all of the electrical and most of the assembly, and staff from Grounds did the site restoration and installed the landscaping elements. This was truly a team effort and, in my opinion, says a lot about who we are, and how we operate.

You can see these attractive custom-built signs at the following locations:

  • Walton, East of Squirrel
  • Baldwin, North of I-75
  • Featherstone, East of Opdyke
  • Joslyn, South of Brown Road

When you drive past these signs, I hope you will appreciate knowing that these were hand built from scratch by our staff, and know that a lot of care went into creating them.

Stan Torres, Manager of Municipal Properties

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