City Council will consider American flag purchase

Mar. 03, 2013 @ 05:02 AM

After a vote by the city council next week, major Sanford thoroughfares may seem more patriotic.

On the Sanford City Council’s consent agenda — a set of noncontroversial items grouped together that can be voted upon with one motion — is a $10,000 budget amendment to purchase American flags to be displayed on select holidays on prominent intersections. City council will discuss purchasing the flags, among other items, during its regular meeting scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Sanford Municipal Center, located at 224 E. Weatherspoon St.

Sanford Public Works Director Victor Czar gave a presentation on the flags during a city retreat last week and several council members expressed their excitement for the flags.

“I think it is going to be really outstanding,” Sanford Mayor Cornelia Olive said. “I like the plan that Vic Czar came up with to put them at the corners and it will be a real statement to how Sanford feels.”

The American flags will be placed at 16 intersections during 11 holidays throughout the year, Czar said. The all-weather flags will be placed in their pole mounds at sunrise and taken down on sunset to comply with flag code law.

There will be a total of 65 flags at the various intersections in ground mount poles, he said.

Originally, city staff considered placing the flags on the electric poles but ran into difficulties with cost and lack of uniformity in the poles.    

The flags should last the city for several years, and Olive said the purchase was an investment for the city.

“We are always careful about every penny we spend,” she said. “But these last flags should last indefinitely. I would think we are making a good investment.”

The proposed intersections for flag display are:

* Broadway Road and Nash Street

* Broadway Road and Rosser Road

* Main Street and Horner Boulevard

* Main Street and Dalrymple Street

* Main Street and Lee Avenue

* Main Street and Woodland Avenue.

* Horner Boulevard and Bragg Street

* Horner Boulevard and Third Street

* Horner Boulevard and Courtland Avenue

* Horner Boulevard and Rose Street

* Horner Boulevard and Woodland Avenue

* Horner Boulevard and Washington Avenue

* Horner Boulevard and Wicker Street

* Horner Boulevard and Carthage Street

* Horner Boulevard and Weatherspoon Street

* Horner Boulevard and Hill Avenue 

Other items on city council’s agenda include:

* Consider awarding a five-year contract for solid waste collection services. Awarding the contract was tabled during the last city council meeting. Waste Industries is the lowest bidder for the five-year contract at $96,675.92 per month with new carts and long-time trash pickup provider Waste Management is the second lowest bidder at $100,159.68 per month without providing new carts and $115,559.68 per month with providing new carts.

* Resolution proclaiming the week of March 10 as Girl Scout Week.

* Resolution scheduling a public hearing concerning the voluntary annexation of New Hope Baptist Church, located at 3007 Beechtree Drive, be set for 7 p.m. March 19, at the Sanford Municipal Center.