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City, Kofa students team up on new welcome sign
Kofa High School welding students, Mayor Doug Nicholls and members of City staff and the Clean and Beautiful Commission unveiled this new welcome sign.

As part of National Public Works Week, the City unveiled a new welcome sign at the northwest corner of 32nd Street and Avenue B on Thursday.

The “mini-beautification project” was led by the City of Yuma Clean and Beautiful Commission with design and fabrication by welding students from Kofa High School under the direction of Christopher Smart.

Senior Planner Naomi Leeman from the City’s Department of Community Development served as design consultant for the project, which was then assembled and installed by the City’s Public Works Department.

Mayor Douglas Nicholls then joined members of city staff and the Clean and Beautiful Commission, and students involved in the project for the unveiling.

Kofa students involved in the project include: Michael Roberto, Elezar Ponce, Zane Gutierrez, Dominic Nellesen, Isaac Serna, Gina Bejarano,Daniel Ruiz Roesner, and Esmeralda Alvarado.

Design elements in the overall project include tributes to Yuma’s agriculture, with the artificial turf laid out like rows of lettuce fields and the palm trees fashioned after date palms.

The City provided the landscaping materials. The students did all the welding. The City conducted additional on-site installation.

The project was part of the City’s celebration of National Public Works Week.