Last week, the Cedar Park City Council discussed how to allow the public to participate in the reselection of the city flag.
A flag was revealed in December at the annual holiday tree lighting event at Heritage Oak Park, but public outcry against the design was too loud to ignore. The city’s Facebook page experienced upward of 200 people expressing negative feelings on the flag. They also critiqued officials for not letting the public vote on the matter.
In January, the council voted to reevaluate the design for the flag and to allow a public vote on it.
“I will happily share that the majority of even the negative feedback was done very constructively,” Mayor Matt Powell said at a previous council meeting.
The 250 flag design entries previously submitted were sent back to the city’s Parks Arts and Community Enrichment (PACE) Board so they can narrow down the designs to the ones they believe are the best fit. The PACE Board will then send their finalists back to the council for consideration.
Kimberly Reese, a city manager assistant, opened public input to the council during last week’s meeting. She the goal was to provide a public input process that easy for the public to partake in and fair. Her recommendation was to use a survey offered online through the city’s website and in person at Cedar Park’s library, recreation center or utility billing office.
Reese recommended city officials using social media to let locals know and the keep the survey open for up to three weeks.
“That’s plenty of time for people to participate if they would like to, but it doesn’t slow down the process too much,” Reese said.
The plan is for the council to review the narrowed submissions in April or May. Public input on the contenders would be collected in May or June with results available in June. Residents, as well as business owners would be able to participate, under Resse’s recommendation.
The council members did not take action on the public input process.