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Community encouraged to offer input on Hudson city flag

By LAURA FREEMAN Reporter Published: April 9, 2017 12:05 AM
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The city is hoping the community will offer input into the future design of the city flag."

Council April 4 unanimously approved legislation that repeals a section in the Codified Ordinances for a city flag. The legislation allows the city to keep the current flag or change it, and eliminates the requirements to fly the flag at Town Hall with another flag kept in the office of the clerk of Council.

Council member William Wooldredge said he wants to know what kind of flag the city wants.

The legislation allows flexibility with a lot of potential for a new flag, said City Manager Jane Howington.

"We can come up with ideas to run by Council," Howington said.

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Other options are for members of Council, organizations, foundations or schools to submit ideas, she said.

"I'd like to involve the community," Wooldredge said.

The city will explore ideas and decide how to proceed in the future, said Jody Roberts, communication manager.

Since 1991 the city of Hudson has had an official flag with a field of green, blue and a red image of the clocktower on it.

Shel Schweikert, who served 29 years as city manager of Hudson from 1966 to 1995, explained the vexillology or study of flags and their meanings in a recent phone call with the Hudson Hub-Times.

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Schweikert said the field of blue stands for Hudson Schools, whose colors are blue and white. The green field stands for Western Reserve Academy, whose colors are green and white. The clocktower is the symbol for the entire city.

He said that if the city decides to change the flag, it should keep the committee small.

"Everyone wants something of theirs on it," Schweikert said.

Howington emphasized that Hudson Community Service Association exists but is no longer involved with the order and sale of the flag.

The Hudson Community Service Association provides the local Food Pantry, housed at Rejoice Lutheran Church; the Helping Hands which provides financial assistance for Hudson residents in need; the Holiday Lighting Downtown, according to the Rev. Michael Conklin.

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