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Lathrop council to discuss cost for In God We Trust sign
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LATHROP – The sign, “In God We Trust,” could soon be hanging prominently on the wall behind the City Council dais in the council chambers at Lathrop City Hall.

The City Council, at their regular meeting on Monday, will discuss then vote on the amount that will be needed to have the sign made and installed. City staff obtained two cost-estimate quotes for this project which the council will consider before making the vote.

The first one features 8.44-inch black acrylic letters with gold outline and would cost $552.30 which includes lettering and installation.

The other option is also of black acrylic but with 8 inches letters without the gold edging for a total cost of $537 for both installation and letters.

The council unanimously approved a resolution on November 3, 2009 in support of having such a display in the Council Chambers at City Hall, and at the same time gave direction to staff to find out the total cost for this project.

This move is part of the efforts of a nonprofit organization called In God We Trust – America, Inc., which has successfully lobbied dozens of cities in California to have the display prominently placed in their council chambers.

The council will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 25, in the council chambers at Lathrop City Hall, 390 Towne Center Drive. This was announced as a special meeting because the regularly scheduled meeting was supposed to have taken place Monday, Jan. 18. It was postponed to Jan. 25 because of the national observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day which is a national holiday.

The Lathrop council voted in December to change the regularly scheduled council meetings from Tuesdays to Mondays. In February, the first council meeting for the month will also be moved to the following Monday because the first Monday is also a national holiday, Presidents’ Day.