Proposal for updated city seal moves forward

Seal would be for city's new website
By: Patty McAlpin, Reporter
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Lincoln council members agreed at Tuesday’s meeting to move forward with a proposal for an updated city seal for the new city website.

City officials conducted a survey via the city website, social media and the city’s e-bulletin to ask residents if they wish to see the city seal remain the same or be updated. Council members asked for the survey at the Sept. 25th council meeting.

A total of 482 surveys were completed. Of those surveyed, 85 percent of the respondents are in favor of adopting the updated city seal and 15 percent expressed interest in retaining the current city seal.

The city designated the current city seal in 1928.

Council member Paul Joiner, a graphic designer, developed the new city seal at no cost to the city. The new seal incorporates the elements of the old seal but connects them to create a landscape of the city.

Public Information Officer Jill Thompson told the council the most frequent request to the proposed updated city seal is to enlarge the train to fulfill that request.

Joiner said he’d be glad to do that.

“I’m more than pleased to address the train,” Joiner said. “It’s good to get direction.”

Councilman Tom Cosgrove complimented Joiner on the look of the new seal.

“It’s done with a high degree of professional work and represents the city well,” Cosgrove said.

Mayor Spencer Short said, “The design is fantastic, but I’m little more traditional. I represent the 15 percent in the survey. I had a lot of folks concerned about the seal being replaced on buildings.”

But that will not happen.

Council members agreed that the 1928 seal will remain on city buildings and be used for city business purposes and the proposed updated seal would be incorporated on the homepage banner of the city’s new website and new documents. 

Councilman Stan Nader said it will be beneficial to have an updated seal for the new city website.

In other news, the council:

  • Start the process to prepare a request for proposals to solicit to contract for economic development support. Several council members asked that the proposal include a section where candidates explain how knowledgeable they are about the city of Lincoln. Short said that information is a normally included in the request for proposals. However, he said he wants to make sure firms don’t just recite the history of the city, but review the city’s planning documents. He also requested that marketing companies be solicited.
  • Waived the encroachment permit fee for the Lincoln Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Holiday Parade. The council directed City Manager Jim Estep to compile a list of community celebrations or remembrances so the council can decide which will be required to pay fees.