Proofing error leads to some U turns in Telkwa council

A simple proofing error by the Village of Telkwa means residents will have to deal with some signs not having a U.

  • Dec. 19, 2011 8:00 a.m.

A simple proofing error by the Village of Telkwa means residents will have to deal with some signs not displaying the traditional Canadian spelling of neighbourhood.

Mayor Carman Graf brought the issue up to the last council meeting to see council’s direction on how to proceed.

Two signs are already mounted in the community, including Cottonwood ‘Neighborhood’.

Alfred Reutelsterz, director of public works, admitted it was a shared mistake on his part and the sign makers.

Proving there’s no ‘u’ in team, Reutelsterz submitted the request to the sign maker with the proper Canadian spelling, however he didn’t see the proofs before the maker went ahead and made the signs.

For each sign that needs to be corrected would cost $300.

All of the money for these signs came out of grant money and did not cost the Telkwa tax payer.

Two signs would have to be unmounted.

In total it would cost approximately $1,500.

There is still money left in the sign account however because some bills hadn’t yet been paid on the service it was difficult to figure out at the council meeting how much was left.

Councillor Rimas Zitkauskas said that if there is adequate money left in the account to finish the work on the signs and correct the missing u’s, he’s in favour of making the fix.

However he didn’t want to see any of Telkwa’s own money taken from the budget to correct the mistake. The rest of council agreed.

It wasn’t immediately known if the u would make a comeback or if the signs were destined to keep the American spelling.