I am pleased to report that after several years of research, our first look at the history of Côte Saint-Luc street names has now been posted to our website. This is a job still in progress, but many of the streets are identified.
I am pleased to report that our plan to sell old Côte Saint-Luc' street signs was a success.
Number of signs sold: 72
Amount of money raised: More than $2,500
Signs remaining: 78
Signs from side streets sold very well, whereas signs from major streets (such as Kildare Rd.) were not as popular. If we remove the major streets from the sale statistics, more than 65 percent of signs were sold.
The remaining signs will be sold at our annual Spring Fair in May.
From my original announcement of the sale on Facebook, interest came from former CSLers now residing across Canada and in the United States. Even CTV News anchor Mutsumi Takahashi, who grew up on Westbourne Ave., called and personally came to City Hall to buy her sign. We only did the sale for a two week period.
The City of Côte Saint-Luc will sell its old street signs to the public starting October 19 with all proceeds going to support Côte Saint-Luc Emergency Medical Services (EMS).
Côte Saint-Luc installed new, larger signs this summer, which replaced the old black-on-white and black-on-yellow signs. The city is selling only the black-on-white signs.
"When we announced that we were installing new street signs, many residents asked me if they could buy the old ones, as is done in many cities. As the council member responsible for toponymy and communications. I had our Public Affairs and Communications Department research the way cities went about selling old street signs and developed a plan and pricing that I think residents will like.
Starting Monday, October 19, the public can buy old street signs at the Public Works Department Building (7001 Mackle Rd.) from Monday to Thursday from 8am to 3pm and Friday from 8am to 11:30am. From October 19 to 23, the cost per street sign is $50. From October 26 to November 6, remaining street signs will cost $25.
These signs are a great gift for anyone who has ever lived in Côte Saint-Luc. They are a part of the history of the city.
Some of the black-on-white signs were rusted and so the city will not be selling these damaged ones. A list of available street signs have been posted at CoteSaintLuc.org and at all municipal buildings. Signs are available on a first-come- first-served basis. All monies raised will benefit Côte Saint-Luc EMS, the city’s volunteer medical first responder service.
As the city councillor responsible for the portfolio of Toponmy, I was pleased to move a motion at the last council meeting to approve a quotation for new street signs to be installed throughout the city. They will look like the sign we unveiled when the new Irving Layton Avenue was dedicated. The order has finally been placed with the company and we expect delivery within the next two months. Soon after I was elected, Mayor Anthony Housefather and I took some time to drive through the city and inspect our signs. We found most to be in poor condition. In addition, there was no common format. Many of these signs have been up for 50, perhaps even 80 years. Dare I say 100? It was high time we replace each and every one of them. Councillor Steven Erdelyi and I are now talking about holding a silent auction for the old signs. No doubt some people might find this appealing. I would like to commend our staff, notably City Manager Ken Lerner, Director of Public Works and Urban Planning David Tordjman, Public Affairs and Communications Director Darryl Levine, Traffic Engineer Charles Senekal and Purchasing and Contracts Director Elissa Laxer for their hard work in finally making this dossier a reality. Yes, this is a complicated procedure.