Utility boxes to be wrapped?

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Hopefully it won’t be a smokin’ deal. Members of the Keizer Public Arts Association have talked about the idea of painting utility boxes along River Road for some time. Now there’s a possible new twist: doing wraps on the boxes. Nate Brown, director of Community Development for Keizer, brought up the idea during the most recent KPAC meeting. “This company will do a template, then wrap the box,” Brown said. “It costs $300 to $600 for them to wrap the box. It’s graffiti-resistant. It’s a like a vinyl car wrap.” In response to a question from KPAC chair Lore Christopher, Brown said art gets printed digitally onto the wrap before installation. A JPEG file is sent, which gets printed on the vinyl. Jessi Long pointed out the elections department in the Marion County Clerk’s Office uses a similar product for ballot boxes. Beth Melendy wanted to make sure research has been done to ensure the wraps won’t cause the boxes to overheat. “3M says the material doesn’t add to the thermal loading,” Brown said. “If it’s black, it raises the internal temperature by 15 degrees. This company is working with Salem and will do this on six boxes. We will be able to use that and see.” Christopher liked the idea and suggested doing fundraising to secure the necessary money. Brown pointed out...

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