Sherman is planning to spend around $8,000 to install lights at the “Welcome to Sherman” sign that greets motorists arriving in the city from the south.

Parks and Recreation Manager Theresa Hutchinson proposed the project as part of the city’s fiscal year 2018-2019 budget, which will be considered for adoption by the City Council later this year. Hutchinson said, if it is ultimately approved by the council, the project to light up the sign would be done in the next year.

“If you’re coming in from the Metroplex, during the day you’ll notice it, at night you won’t notice it because it’s not lit up at all,” Hutchinson said to the council during last month’s budget workshop meeting. “We’d like to install some solar lighting there and maybe upgrade the landscaping, so that people coming from the south will have a nicer impression when they come into Sherman.”

Hutchinson said the Parks and Recreation Department included a request for $8,000 for the solar lights that would be installed at the large sign that says “Welcome to Sherman” in bigger letters and “Home of Austin College” in smaller letters underneath it. The sign is located just north of FM 1417 right after U.S. Highway 75’s exit to South Travis Street.

“No one has actually complained, but several citizens thought that it (lighting) would be a great addition,” Hutchinson said via email.

When she presented the item during the budget workshop, no council members spoke out against including the item in the budget and city staff are currently preparing the budget with the expense included.