By Jacob Wilson/Garden Grove Journal
Without its top pilot, the Westminster City Council mostly stayed in a holding pattern during its June 23 meeting.
Mayor Margie Rice missed the meeting due to an apparent spider bite suffered on June 18. According to city manager Donald Lamm, Rice was resting at home and had received antibiotics to combat any infection. He added that she is expected back to work very soon.
“She appreciates everyone’s concern and has been overwhelmed by the flowers and cards,” Lamm said.
Rice has been Westminster’s mayor since 2000. Rice also served on the City Council for six years.
With Rice absent, the Council voted to postpone the public hearing regarding the city’s five-year consolidated plan and to postpone a vote on changing Westminster’s logo. Both items were rescheduled for the July 14 council meeting.
Approval of the consolidated plan is necessary for the city to receive yearly grants from the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development. Housing coordinator Tami Piscotty said the postponement won’t hurt any programs as long as the hearing is held in July.
Regarding the logo issue, Council members expressed a surprising sentimentality toward the current official logo. The current logo uses Old English font and features an illustration of the City Center’s clock tower and the Westminster Police Department.
“I hate to see the clock tower go because that’s a part of our history,” Mayor Pro Tem Frank Fry said.
The illustration will soon be outdated on its own. A new WPD facility is under construction and the old building will be replaced with a parking structure.
Lamm said that updating the logo is also necessary for consistency.
“The city has used different styles of font for different items,” Lamm said. “We want to change to one uniform and consistent style.”
Councilmember Andy Quach understood the need for both change and consistency
“I personally am a fan of the old logo. However, I’m open to change and I’m all for uniformity,” Quach said. “The new logo is more futuristic and will be a breath of fresh air.”
Councilmember Tyler Diep seemed most ready to move forward with the new logo.
“I think it’s time to move away from the Old English lettering,” Diep said. “We need something that is more 21st Century.”
In the end, the council members agreed that since there was some reluctance to completely do away with the old logo, it was best to wait for the Mayor to return so the Council as a whole could discuss the issue.
The Council meets again on Wednesday July 14 at 7 p.m. and generally meets on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month. Meetings are held in the Council Chambers at 8200 Westminster Blvd.