SPARTA, NJ – Driving around Sparta residents may have noticed new street signs on the corner.  Township Manager Bill Close announced over the last three township council meetings that the new signs were being installed.

Close said the cost was approximately $12,000 for all 408 signs.  The new signs are compliant with the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices or MUTCD, though that was not the reason the signs were replaced according to Close.

The new signs are blue with the street name and a Spartan head logo and "Founded 1845." 

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While the new signs were not discussed in any 175th Anniversary committee meeting as part of the commemoration, Mayor Jerry Murphy said it was a good time to do it because of the milestone.  Most of the planned events to celebrate the anniversary have been canceled because of the pandemic. 

The next township council meeting is scheduled for June 23.  The township website indicated the meeting will take place in council chambers at the municipal building at 7:30 p.m.  The governor recently announced easing of the limits to indoor and outdoor gatherings, potentially allowing meetings to resume their usual format.