BAY CITY, Mich. (AP) — City and civic leaders want to let visitors know that Bay City is crazy for Madonna.
Led by City Commissioner Christopher Girard, eight people met at City Hall this week to discuss plans to put up a sign that recognizes Bay City as the birthplace of the pop music icon.
The group opted to go with a basic green-and-white marker, with hopes of having it installed in the coming months. It would be placed near the intersection of West Thomas Street and South Euclid Avenue, welcoming visitors traveling into town off US-10.
"The goal of this Madonna sign is simply to get people into town," Girard told The Bay City Times for a story Saturday.
Down the road, Girard said he hopes to install another landmark — possibly a statue — that would honor Madonna in Bay City.
"When people go to Wall Street in New York, what do they do? They get their picture with the big bull," he said. "We need something in town that people want to come and see and take their picture in front of."
Madonna, 55, is known for such hits as "Material Girl," ''Like a Virgin," ''Crazy For You," ''Papa Don't Preach" and "Vogue." She grew up in Bay City and the Detroit suburb of Rochester Hills and entered the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2008.
Girard introduced a resolution for a Madonna sign at a Bay City Commission meeting Feb. 17, and was met with unanimous support from his fellow commissioners. The resolution calls to have the sign paid for using private funds. So far, the group has raised $650.
The next step is to meet with the local Michigan Department of Transportation unit in Bay City to agree on the logistics of installing such a sign, said Girard, who hopes to have that meeting in the next two weeks.