Panel gives its OK to flag

Winning design from 1995 contest to be city's banner

Theater project bids rejected

Westminster

October 09, 2001|By Maria Blackburn | Maria Blackburn,SUN STAFF

In 1995, six years before his death from muscular dystrophy, Daniel D. Schaeffer won a contest by designing a new flag for his hometown of Westminster.

However, Schaeffer's design, which featured a rendering of Westminster's historic City Hall, was never made into an official banner.

"Over the years [making the flag] fell out of the priority items," said Damian L. Halstad, president of Westminster Common Council. "Then there were budgetary issues."

Last night the council agreed that the 28-year-old graphic artist's design would become the city's flag. The council selected the flag from three versions of Schaeffer's design that were crafted by Westminster's Kohn Design and Printing Co.

"This became Dan's legacy," Halstad said.

The selected design is of Emerald Hill, Westminster's City Hall, on a white background edged in blue. The only recommended change made by the council was to add the word "Maryland" to the flag. Replicas of the flag will be given to guests and visitors to Westminster as a keepsake. It will also be flown in parades.

Also last night, the council rejected seven bids it had received for the $1 million renovation of the former Carroll Theater because they were higher than anticipated.

The lowest bid was $350,000 higher than city officials had expected. They have since met with Carroll County Arts Council, tenant of the new Carroll Arts Center, and the architect to determine how to cut costs on the project.

Officials plan to invite the original companies to bid again.

The council plans to award the contract at its Dec. 10 meeting.

In addition, the council introduced a resolution to annex 92 acres zoned for residential use.

The land, known as the Roops Mill property, is at Hughes Shop Road and Route 140.

It is one of two parcels pending annexation into Westminster.

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