City of Columbia flag design ready to be voted on

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COLUMBIA - The city of Columbia is deciding on a design for an official city flag, and it needs your help.

Over the past couple of weeks, the city has asked people to submit their own personal designs for the flag. Criteria for the design included a maximum of five colors and the option of including the city's seal or logo.

Now that the designs have been submitted, it's up to the public to decide.

On Tuesday, Nov. 18, voting will officially open on the Columbia Daily Tribune's website. All of the qualified flag submissions are currently listed here.

Residents are being asked to go to the website and vote for their favorite design. Voting will also be available in person at the Columbia City Hall.

Sarah Dresser, program specialist for the city of Columbia, said the city wants the design to reflect the people of Columbia.

"We want it to be the voice of the community, so that is why we opened it up to the entire community to submit their ideas," Dresser said. "There's not necessarily one specific thing that I think the council will look for, but I would say that they would be encouraged to see that it represents Columbia."

Voting for the design will end on Thursday, Dec. 18. The winning design will then be brought in front of the Columbia City Council to be voted on.

Dresser said once the design is voted on, then they will decide where the flags will fly.

"I would hope that we have at least one up in front of City Hall and any other city buildings," Dresser said. "That's kind of another step once we get to it, when it comes to creating the flags and making them available for the city to display around town as well as potential businesses and other people who might want them for their own use.

The person who submitted the winning design will receive $250 and will be honored during a flag-raising ceremony in the spring, when the design becomes the official flag for the city of Columbia.