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Davico sign removed for safety

Building to remain on the lot for foreseeable future

Press photo by Amie Johansen By using a tele-handler, Steve Hubert of Quade Construction Co. is able to control the Davico Car Wash sign and keep it from crashing to the ground.
Press photo by Amie Johansen
By using a tele-handler, Steve Hubert of Quade Construction Co. is able to control the Davico Car Wash sign and keep it from crashing to the ground.

 By Amie Johansen | amie@charlescitypress.com

Monday morning the iconic Davico “Car Wash” sign was removed. Removing the sign and concrete base was a decision recently approved at the County Board of Supervisors’ meeting last Tuesday.

“We wanted to make the property safe,” Supervisor Roy Schwickerath said. “The sign was there, there were some electrical wires — that we know were turned off — there’s different places where we know concrete sticks up and they were going to take that out.”

Quade Construction Co. was awarded the bid to take the sign down and smooth the concrete so that vehicles driving over the property would not be damaged. The former Davico carwash building will remain for the time being.  

“It could be the location…of the jail, it could be parking, we really don’t know what to do with that building at this time,” Schwickerath said.

While a committee further explores the possibilities of placing a jail at the Davico location, the building and parking lot will remain empty.

“Technically we can’t use it for parking because we aren’t putting a hard surface there,” Schwickerath said. “We’re not going to mark it as parking. We’re not going to spend that money, we could put something in there and tear it out in a year two.”

According to Schwickerath, county departments have been invited to bring their ideas to the supervisors, should they have a temporary use for the property.

“If we have any county offices that feel they could use it on a temporary basis, bring us your ideas,” he said. “Right now there was nobody who came forward and said ‘yep we need that space, it will be perfect for what we’ve got.’”

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