After a two-week public voting period, the design for a new flag of Charles City was selected.
Four final design proposals were submitted for public voting starting March 28and until April 8and with the top voter being Design “B”, which featured a white background with a flowing blue river bordered on either side by green and with an industrial cog or tractor tire, overlaid in the center with an image of the cable-stayed pedestrian Bridge inside. The interior background of the cog is comet orange, honoring the local school color. The date Charles City was officially organized as a community, 1854, is also shown. Design “A” was the finalist.
The flag project was spearheaded by the Charles City Lions Club on its 100th anniversary last year. Brad Bailey of the Lions, a member of the flag task force, said the design incorporates the energy of the river, the intense integration of agriculture into our community as well as the deep appreciation of arts and culture that is seen and experienced throughout our beautiful community. The end result is an exceptional tribute to the entire environment that makes Charles City a special place to live.
The intention is to fly the new flag, along with the flags of the United States and Iowa, at the three-pole memorial in Central Park dedicated last May by the Lions Club.
The task force, which also included Charles City Mayor Dean Andrews, City Administrator Steve Diers and Director of Community Development Mark Wicks, will now work to ensure the new flag is produced in time for the July 4 celebration of This year. The plan is also to make flags of various sizes available to the public through the Main Street Charles town office, but details have yet to be worked out.