Chamber breaks ground at site for new Pateros sign

Completion expected in July

The old Pateros sign stood as a landmark for many years.

Steve Varrelman, owner of BTO Construction, at the controls of his excavator, moves the first scoopfuls of dirt on the site that will hold the new Pateros sign.

The new Pateros sign will look like this when completed later this summer.
PATEROS – An excavator on the site of the new Pateros sign south of Pateros moved the first scoopfuls of dirt, Tuesday, April 11, marking the start of a construction campaign that is expected to be completed in time for this year’s Apple Pie Jamboree in July. Steve Varrelman, owner of BTO Construction in Pateros broke ground for the new welcome sign that will stand near the site near the former sign that was destroyed in the 2014 Carlton Complex wildfire.

PATEROS – An excavator on the site of the new Pateros sign south of Pateros moved the first scoopfuls of dirt, Tuesday, April 11, marking the start of a construction campaign that is expected to be completed in time for this year’s Apple Pie Jamboree in July.
Steve Varrelman, owner of BTO Construction in Pateros broke ground for the new welcome sign that will stand near the site near the former sign that was destroyed in the 2014 Carlton Complex wildfire.
Shortly after the original sign burned, the Pateros Chamber of Commerce initiated a campaign to rebuild the landmark. The Chamber’s Sign Committee comprised of Libby Harrison, Joni Parks, Rose Olcott and John Roberts enlisted the help of citizens, businesses, volunteers and donors to complete the necessary property agreement, regulatory compliance, fundraising and design that culminated in Varrelman’s initial groundbreaking.
Along with BTO Construction, several businesses and individuals have given their time, expertise and money to help make the new sign a reality. They include:
Eric Smith – Erlandsen and Associates, Inc., Brewster
Larry Trimm and Brent Yeadon – RSI Metal, Mt. Vernon
Griffin Freels – Godbey Red-E-Mix Concrete, Brewster.
Brett La Mar – Lake Chelan Building Supply, Chelan
Bret Pitsinger, Clint Pearce and Forrest Harrison – Van Doren Sales, LLC., East Wenatchee.
Shannon Seaford – Papa Murphy’s, Wenatchee.
Brittany Jean – Singer, songwriter
Van Doren Sales agreed to pick half the cost for the new sign’s lettering which brings the quote for that portion of the installation to less than $2,000.
Parks said the original sign was built in the early 1990’s and measured about 36 feet by 24 feet. Its replacement, somewhat smaller at 20’x20’, will sit slightly in front of the old location, Parks said.
Construction costs are estimated to come in somewhere between $10,000 and $20,000, according to a Chamber media release and donations toward that end are still being accepted at any branch of North Cascade Bank at Brewster, Twisp, Okanogan, Omak, Grand Coulee, Chelan, Wenatchee and East Wenatchee. Donations can also be mailed to the Pateros Chamber of Commerce, P.O.B. 374, Pateros, WA 98846 or donated online at the Chamber’s GoFundMe account at www.gofundme.com/paterossignfund.
To follow the progress of the Pateros sign project, visit the Pateros Chamber’s site on Facebook.

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