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Since 1991 the city of Hudson has had an official flag. Council could vote April 4 on changing the rules governing its design and display.
Although the ordinance Council would vote on could repeal section 204.01, "City Flag," of the Codified Ordinances, it would not repeal the flag but allow changes to the design and production of new flags, said City Manager Jane Howington. It would remove the old rules for the flag from the Codified Ordinances.
The rules for the flag are specific, Howington said. Under section 204.01 the city flag, Council on March 4, 1991, adopted the flag design by the Rev. Michael Smith as the Hudson flag and the ordinance states "the flag shall be flown at the Town Hall" and "one of the flags shall be kept in the office of the Clerk of Council as a permanent repository."
The flag design and ordinance were before the merger of the city of Hudson Village and Hudson Township in 1994, Howington said.
"The flag is wonderful but does it belong in the Codified Ordinances?" Howington asked.
According to the ordinance, the Community Service Association would assume responsibility for the order and sale of the flag, she said.
"They [the Community Service Association] no longer provides the service," Howington said. "We have maybe one flag left. We'll have to recreate it."
Howington said before recreating the flag and printing additional flags, the city needs to decide if this is the flag design it wants, which was the reason for the proposal.
"I'm asking Council, is this the type of flag you want since [it was] pre-merger?" she said. "Does it still represent the community?"
Having the rules for the flag in the Codified Ordinance makes it difficult if the community wants to have a contest to design a flag or a new set of rules for the flag, she said. A flag policy not in the Codified Ordinances would provide more flexibility for the design and display of the flag.
But Council would have to repeal the ordinance first.