LaFayette looks to design a city flag

Published 10:00 am Thursday, April 11, 2024

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LaFayette may soon be getting a city flag. At Monday’s council meeting LaFayette Fire and EMS Chief Jim Doody proposed the creation of a flag that could represent the city of LaFayette and eventually be flown outside of the new city hall.

“But I think with the new city hall coming on board, that we could fly a flag there as well and show a little pride in your city,” Doody said. 

Doody came prepared with printouts of a design he had created with the city’s blue and white logo, similar to the county’s logo. It had the county motto, ‘Strength Woven In’ and the background was yellow, which Doody said is a nod toward LaFayette High School colors. 

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It also has the credential of a Main Street designated city on the bottom. LaFayette is a member of Main Street Alabama which aims to revitalize downtown areas in the state. While the design is just an example of the flag, Doody hopes to incorporate some of the elements, namely the yellow, in the final design. 

Doody hopes to have a design ready in time for the Alabama League of Municipalities Convention, which starts on May 14. The convention includes a municipal flag showcase, where city flags from around the state will be flown outside the Von Braun Center in Huntsville, where the event will take place. 

The deadline to submit a 3 by 5-foot flag for the convention is May 3. Doody was put into contact with Dixie Designs, which does flag designs for many of the cities within the League. The design fee would cost around $60 and would take up to seven days. 

The council members agreed that the city should have a flag of its own. However, many suggested one change to Doody’s design. 

“I think we need to revert back to the logo that we had. I think this [Strength Woven In logo] was more county-wide and sometimes I don’t feel the inclusiveness of LaFayette,” said Councilmember Mike Ellis. “We need to stand on our own. I say we go back to the logo that we had before.”

Council members asked for the old logo, which is still used by some departments in the city, digitized so they could take through design details, to expedite the process ahead of the convention.