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Pocatello flag committee continues progress

This coming week marks one year since the first meeting of the Pocatello flag design committee.

Even though it’s been a long process, the committee is getting closer and closer to having a final design. Logan McDougall, committee chair, said they received way more submissions than they ever thought they would. That has slowed the process a little, but he’s thrilled at the response.

“I think it’s great to see people involved with this process,” McDougall said. “That’s one thing that I felt the committee should address was we need to get the community involved as much as possible. Not just in Pocatello, but anyone who has a connection to our community. I think we’ve achieved that up to this point and I think we’ll continue to going forward.”

Saturday’s meeting was for the panel to see adjustments to a few of the original designs.

The committee originally narrowed it down significantly from the 709 submissions. But there were a few original designs the committee wanted to see with some slight changes. So Saturday, they looked at those and also at the public’s top ten flags voted on during the public comment period in March.

Saturday the panel narrowed it down from about 50 designs to seven. The panel is looking at themes, colors and overall representation of Pocatello.

“We want a flag that represents all, or as much of, Pocatello as possible,” McDougall said. “We don’t want necessarily a flag that just represents one portion of Pocatello. Yes, that portion may be very important to some people but we want a flag that can encompass all of what Pocatello is – past , present and going into the future.”

Those seven designs will go back before the panel one more time for final suggestions and possible changes. After that, public feedback will be taken on those designs and the committee can move another step forward.

McDougall said he feels they’ve made great progress so far and it’s important to remember they don’t want to rush it. The goal of the new design is to have one people are happy with and that takes time, McDougall said.

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