Springfield City Council is scheduled to vote on a new city flag design after gathering more feedback from residents.
A first reading for the flag bill is slated to be held at tonight's council meeting, following by a continued public hearing and anticipated vote Jan. 10, according to a news release. Residents can sign up to speak at the city's website, and a new online survey has been launched.
“A city’s flag should elicit feelings of civic pride,” said Cora Scott, director of public information and civic engagement for the city of Springfield, in the release. “City Council wants to know if Springfield citizens connect with the new flag designed by the Springfield Identity Project and whether citizens support council adopting it as the official city flag.”
A resident survey – 4,350 total responses, with 3,493 completed surveys – launched in August found 72% of respondents favored the proposed flag. Springfield Identity Project's flag has three stars representing the city’s connection with nature, entrepreneurial spirit and Ozarks culture, with a white stripe embodying Route 66 and the Ozarks plateau. It has blue stripes on the top and bottom.
The 2017 submission from Springfield Identity Project has been adopted by some area businesses as a symbol of the city.
Should council approve the new flag, it would replace the current flag adopted in 1938. The current flag has the words "Springfield Missouri" along with red, white and blue stripes and four white stars. The red bar symbolizes cooperation, the white bar symbolizes achievements and the blue bar represents civic pride. The white stars symbolize the city's achievements in religion, home, education and industry.
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