In case you're wondering what's happening as the result of this month's Albany flag decision, stick around and with the help of Marilyn Smith, the public information officer at City Hall, you're about to find out.
As you will recall, the city council sponsored a design contest after a club at West Albany High School suggested the city should have its own flag. A bunch of entries were submitted and five semifinalists were put out to the public for a survey. The flag club's design ranked highest in the survey -- a flag poll, actually, as my friend Jeff McMahon adroitly pointed out on KGAL -- and the city council agreed that this should be the city flag design.
So what happened since? Smith updated the council this week, and I asked her to summarize the situation for me. Here's what she wrote:
"We will order three flags from Elmer’s Flag and Banner in Portland. Total cost is $389. Councilor Kopczynski’s $100 prize to the winner is being turned back by the WAHS students to go toward that expense. The rest of the cost will be paid from the City Council’s budget. The West Albany students plan to march with the new flag in the Veterans Day parade. We plan to fly the flag at City Hall beginning Monday, Nov. 14."
She added: "Cole Pouliot, the West math teacher and flag group adviser, has ordered five flags from a source in China for less than $100. He plans to fly one at his house and have another one in his classroom, at least. He was hoping we could have small hand-held flags to hand out to people at the parade and has considered a gofundme account to raise money for them."
There was mention at Wednesday's council meeting that there are nine flag poles at city buildings, and should the council get enough flags for all? No, the consensus had it, nobody needs the chore of hauling extra flags up and down that many poles. (hh)