A week ago, we ran an article about the City of Menifee seeking to participate in the "Adopt A Highway" program...
The city council had actually approved the idea and sent City Hall to file an application. But after doing so, councilwoman Darcy Kuenzi asked the city's staff to get feedback from the Menifee Citizens Advisory Committee (MCAC) on what names could be added to the signs.
Last night the committee met and discussed possibilities.
|The city is considering having signs like these placed along the 215|
Photo courtesy of City of Menifee
The committee members, who come from all areas of the city, questioned why the city needed to continue fragmenting itself into distinct communities. "Look at Temecula", one member said. "When you drive down there everything is Temecula".
Another member suggested to include the name "Menifee" on all signs, so that signs would say something like, "Sun City Community of Menifee", or "Romoland Community of Menifee".
Many members pointed out that as community names become further strengthened, it'll only become a bigger burden on the city. Others opined that developers and retailers don't want to associate themselves with older blighted communities, but be associated with the younger, more vibrant "Menifee".
That discussion segued into a possible fight looming over which communities get to have their names on the signs. A total of six signs are available. It's assumed that four of them will be used for "City of Menifee", "Sun City", "Romoland", and "Quail Valley". That leaves two more.
One committee member felt that Menifee Lakes would make an effort to get one of those signs, considering that many of its residents see their neighborhood as a distinct community. The names of Heritage Lake, and Oasis also came up.
Considering the city is paying taxpayer dollars to enroll in the Adopt A Highway program, who gets representation on these signs?
Should Sun City get two signs? Should City of Menifee get three signs?
Are we going to end up with a battle of the communities over sign privileges?