By Judy Reed
It was exactly a year ago that the City of Cedar Springs asked for submissions from the community for a new logo and tagline that would identify the city. They are going to finally vote tonight (Thursday, November 14) on two options of the same theme.
The logo includes the words Cedar Springs Est. 1871 Cherishing our Heritage, Embracing our Future. (See photo.)
The City decided to replace both the tagline “A great place to live, work, and play” and the City’s Red Flannel logo in August of last year after receiving a letter from the Red Flannel Festival of intent to file suit for copyright infringement. Since then, City Manager Thad Taylor and the Red Flannel Festival Committee have had several meetings to try to work out some type of agreement for the city to use the logo, but have not been able to come to terms.
Anonymous sources (not on city council) have told the Post they think that with two new additions to the Council, there may now be enough votes to approve a licensing agreement with the Festival, where the city picks up the tab for police services.
This year’s invoice to the Festival for police services came in at around $1,895. That doesn’t include 106 hours of services they donated for Red Flannel events. The bill for DPW services was $1,035.28. That included $796.80 for hours worked and $238.48 equipment rental. The total bill for Police and DPW was $2,930.63.
Other important events at tonight’s Council meeting will include the swearing in of the two new council members—Jerry Hall and Dan Clark—and the appointment of the Mayor and Mayor Pro-Tem by the Council. The meeting starts at 7 p.m. at City Hall.