Two local companies presented information and answered questions about gateway signs for the City of Milton during a meeting Thursday night.

Lydia Boutwell of The House Whisperers and Tim Harmon of Timbers Custom Signs submitted sign suggestions earlier this year for signage on KY 36, U.S. 421 and near the Madison-Milton Bridge. The city of Milton requested information after receiving up to $16,600 from the state to pay for new gateway signs.

Boutwell said the signs from her company are made to withstand the weather and other environmental elements.

"We've designed these signs to be pretty much maintenance-free," she said.

Boutwell said the company would be able to set the signs at any time, even into the winter months.

Harmon said his signs are made of western red cedar, but the signs are rot-resistant and insect-resistant. The painted surface should have little maintenance needs for up to 10 years, he said.

Color choices and the sign design could be changed to the city's specifications, he said.

Commissioners said they are still in the early stages of making a decision on the signage, but they hope to finalize decisions in the next few months.

 "We've been handed a gift," Commissioner Cecil Robak said, noting the commissioners should use the money to make the best purchase.

Also during the meeting, the city's field coordinator Mark Bates updated commissioners on the water meter replacement project. Nearly 80 percent of the project has been completed.

"It's been going really well," Bates said.

He said customers have been receptive to the replacement project, even though some customers' bills have increased.

"They realize it needs to be done," Bates said, noting several of the meters haven't been replaced in several decades.

The project will continue to move forward with crews installing the new meters as time permits.

Bates also noted the Division of Water visited Milton recently and gave the city's water company a good review. The check showed the city was in compliance.

"They've seen vast improvements over the last 36 months," he said.

In other business:

• Commissioners agreed to provide the Milton Fire and Rescue with half of the city's $10,000 donation for the department.

The city plans to pay the additional $5,000 later in the budget year.

• Commissioners also approved the purchase of Halloween candy for trick-or-treaters at city hall. Commissioners plan to have coffee for adults and a place for families to warm up if needed during the Halloween trick-or-treat events.