COLUMBIA — Columbia City Council members affirmed their patriotism but not their support for putting a 60-foot flagpole on top of the Fifth and Walnut parking garage.
After a report was read regarding the cost and recommended placement of the flagpole, the council decided to not move forward with the idea. Fourth Ward Councilman Daryl Dudley proposed the idea and was the only member in support of it.
The flagpole and lighting would have cost $13,000, and replacing the flag yearly would have cost $600. Lighting would have cost an unknown amount of electricity every year, according to a previous Missourian report.
Dudley said the bidding could be lower than $13,000, and donations toward the project from the community would be possible. He also talked about adding state and city flags to the pole.
In order to add more flags, the pole height would have to be raised, Public Works Director John Glascock said.
“I consider myself patriotic, but I don’t want to spend the money,” Mayor Bob McDavid said.
Sixth Ward Councilwoman Barbara Hoppe and Fifth Ward Councilwoman Helen Anthony agreed with McDavid about their own patriotism and agreed they would not support the idea.
“I think this wouldn’t be best,” Anthony said. She expressed concern that the existing utilities of the garage aren't yet covered.
Hoppe said she feared the flagpole would call more attention to the height of the garage, as well as cause unnecessary costs.
“In the off-chance that a citizen hasn’t seen the garage, this will draw their attention to it,” Second Ward Councilman Jason Thornhill said.
“We could use the money for another more functional purpose,” Hoppe said, pointing out that flags already exist at the police station and the post office.