The News Tribune's Christian Hill wrote a great story today about a flag controversy brewing in University Place.
Here's the gist: At a meeting earlier this month, City Councilman Javier Figuerora pushed for erecting an American flag in front of the (the library), as federal law requires one to be displayed near the headquarters of any public institution.
The problem is City Hall isn't in the Civic Building - and probably won't be until more developers sign onto the project, which would give the city enough money to move into its new headquarters. For now, City Hall remains in Windmill Village.
But Figueroa says the city should do it, and spend money out of a fund the city keeps for tenant improvements. He got a rough estimate of $4,000 to $5,000 in cost.
"It’s not like it’s a big-ticket item, but it’s an important one,” Figueroa, Vietnam veteran, told the newspaper.
But others on the dais — including Mayor Debbie Klosowski and Councilman Eric Choiniere — say it makes more sense to wait until UP officially moves into the Civic Building, which could be a few years from now.
Choiniere told the paper his dad is a Vietnam veteran, and even he recommended waiting until the city's move.
“It doesn’t make sense to have the poles moved while we’re still occupying (the current city hall),” Choiniere told the newspaper.
Patch wants to get the pulse of the University Place community on the issue. So we ask you - what should the city do? Take the poll that we've posted and feel free to discuss the issue in the comment section.