New London looks to community to create new logo
BY KARYN SPORY
Mt. Pleasant News
NEW LONDON – The City of New London is looking for residents with an artistic eye and a few good ideas.
In October, a few New London residents reminded the city council of the town’s former slogan, “Gateway to Geode State Park” and how it might be more fitting as the city’s moniker as there are few Redbud trees still standing. Two months later, the council approved a resolution to ditch “The City of Redbuds” slogan and go back to the city’s former nickname.
On Tuesday, the council reached back out to the community to help create a logo for the city’s motto.
Resident Dave Smith approached the council about creating a committee to come up with the new logo. Smith, who said his grandfather had been instrumental in getting the area recognized as Geode State Park, was more than willing to head the committee. He even knew a graphic artist in Cedar Rapids, a former New London resident no less, who could help design the logo.
“I thought we could put it out on Facebook and let the whole town be part of it,” said Councilman Kirk Miller. “Let’s get the town involved and let them have some ownership.”
The council agreed. For the next month, the city will be seeking logo ideas from the public. During the February meeting, the council will narrow it down to three to five
potential logos, which will then be sent to the graphic designer to be “refined”. Residents will then be able to vote on the final outcome and new city logo.
During the meeting, the council also approved protective covenants for the West Adams development. The covenants are stipulations that include the development be residential only, building plans must be submitted to the city and owners must receive written approval before any construction commences and construction must be completed within one year.
Other covenants include the façade of any building must match the building design and that each single-family residence shall have a minimum of a two-car attached garage as well as a paved driveway.
Councilman Tom Davis was not on board with all of the covenants, however. “I still don’t think it’s right. Someone can own a RV, but they can’t park it in their driveway, they’ve got to pay to store it somewhere?” he said referring to a rule that restricts the parking of inoperative vehicles (campers, boats, motor homes and large trailers) for more than 45 days.
Miller said the proposed covenants were similar to those of surrounding cities. “In new subdivisions, they don’t do that anymore,” he said. “We’re trying to keep it (an) attractive setting for people.”
Davis and his fellow council members voted “yay” on the matter. A full list of covenants can be found at City Office.
Setting a price for the lots on West Adams was tabled once again. Miller said several local realtors said lots similar to the ones on West Adams were going anywhere from $13,000 to $18,000. However, the council still has not received the survey or appraisal of the lots. Setting a price has been tabled until those numbers are known.
In other business, the council:
• Approved the change order and pay estimate for K&A Excavating for the storm sewer replacement project at the football field. The sewer alignment proved to be not as straightforward as anticipated, however, the extra work only cost the city an extra $2,336.96.
• Approved the tax abatement for Matt and Kim May, 100 Dover Circle, for a new home.
• Approved the New London Journal as the official publication of the City of New London.
The next New London City Council meeting will be held Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017, at 6 p.m., in City Office.