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Changing Town of Smyrna Seal Would Come with Costs

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SMYRNA, Del. (WBOC) - The town of Smyrna is considering officially adopting a new town seal at Monday night's town council meeting.

It's a change that's been a long time coming. The town's had the new seal available for a couple of years. The new version of the seal was created back in 2011. It was part of a $7,000 re-branding project, half paid for by the state.

The new seal - despite not being official - actually already hangs in the town council chambers.

"The proposed new seal has popped up in numerous places including being hung in town hall. But it's still pending the official approval of council," said David Hugg, Smyrna town manager.

Hugg thinks there were a few reasons Smyrna hasn't gone from old to new.

"Some members of previous council weren't particularly enamored with the seal. That was one reason. There was some concern about the cost of conversion."

That second item is exactly what some people in Smyrna are honing in on.

"As long as it doesn't cost me any money, I don't care what it looks like," said Floyd Guessford.

"As long as it doesn't cost that much to do it, I don't see any problem with it," Marcel Brown said.

The current town seal is all over the place. It's on the entrance to Lake Como. It's on the entrance to the Smyrna Business Park. It's on random doors. It's on town vehicles. It's on the flags outside of the town hall and public works buildings, too.

Changing all that over from old seal to new wouldn't be free.

"I don't see it as being a huge expense," Hugg said. "I don't think it has to all be done at one time. We just need to say we're going to take that next step."

Hugg estimates maybe a few thousand dollars spread over a few years. He says the next step after the seal is to change things like street banners and way-finding signs.

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