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SULLIVAN, MO (KTVI)-- The city of Sullivan is replacing street signs, making some higher, and adding reflectivity to some.

City Administrator J.T. Hardy says it’s all about complying with federal regulations.

He said the city started making changes in 2011 when the new regulations were announced.

“At that time the deadline to make the changes was 2015,” said Hardy.

He said an outcry of opposition from cities across the country forced regulators to back down. Cities can now wait to make the changes until a sign needs replacing.

“Our fear is that with the federal government, we don’t know when they may re-establish a deadline,” said Hardy.

He said that’s one reason Sullivan is moving ahead and replacing signs now. He says another reason is grant money was available through Franklin County.

Hardy says the new regulations will require future signs to be at least 7 feet above ground. He said regulators believe the signs should be high enough for pedestrians to safely walk underneath. Signs must also contain a certain amount of reflectivity for safety reasons.

"Hopefully by replacing all of our signs now, we will be ahead of the curve," said Hardy. "Unless they change the rules on us again."

Hardy estimates the entire switchover could cost the city $150,000. He called the new regulations, “an unfunded mandate.”


  • Clifton

    Sullivan is always trying to find ways to charge the local residents more money. For example the month of November me and my family spent a lot of it out of the home going 2-3 days not even being home. At that time we only left one light on and left our heat around 70 in the house but our electric bill raised by 70$ that month. How do you get charged extra for less? I’ve lived in this town my whole life and they seem to be more worried about taking everyones money but when you have a Mexican gang making threats to the children and residents in this town they can keep walking the streets. This town used to be about the residents but any more it’s dog eats dog and your on your own. When cost of living goes up so does the crime. Sullivan used to be a great town but now it’s going to hell.

    • Buddy

      Why the heck would you leave your heat at 70 degrees if you were going out of town for three days? That’s just plain idiotic. Maybe your electric bill was higher because it was COLDER this winter and your furnace had to work harder to maintain that 70 degrees..

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