By Rick Palsgrove
Groveport will soon have a new city flag flying in front of its buildings.
Groveport City Councilman Ed Dildine unveiled the new design for the city flag in December. The flag, approved by council on Dec. 16, replaces the existing brown and tan city flag that has been in use since 1989.
The new flag features a dark green border and the existing circular city logo – consisting Cruiser, the Heritage Park log house and the Ohio and Erie Canal covered bridge – in dark green centered on a white field. The phrase “Central Ohio’s Hometown” is arched in black lettering above the logo. Dark green was chosen because the city uses that color for official purposes.
Dildine said the new flag could be made by The Flag Lady, a flag maker in Columbus. He said a double-sided, stitched 3×5 foot flag would cost $630 and a 4×6 foot flag would be $693.
“It’s not cheap,” said Dildine.
He added the stitched flags would have a life time warranty.
Dildine said a double-sided printed 3×5 foot flag would cost $243 and a 4×6 foot flag would be $307. A single-sided, screen printed 3×5 foot flag would cost $45 for six flags and a 4×6 flag would be $75 for six flags.
“I’d like to see each of our city buildings flying a double-sided, stitched city flag,” said Dildine.
He said the city could also order a supply of the cheaper versions of the proposed flag that could then be available for sale to the residents.
Council began discussing creating a new city flag last summer.
“We need a new city flag,” said Councilwoman Jean Ann Hilbert last June. “I think we are overdue. We need something representative of our city status.”
According to Groveport city records, the existing city flag was adopted by council in May 1989. That flag features the city’s circular logo in brown in the upper left corner on a tan field. The flag is trimmed with a dark brown border.
In 2003 a committee was formed to look into revising that flag design, but no changes were made.
According to Groveport police officer and police historian Ernie Bell, the colors brown and tan were used on the original flag because the town’s police uniforms back then featured dark brown shirts, tan pants with a brown stripe and dark brown Stetson hats.
Bell said the original city flag went on sale for $53 to the community in 1989.