UPDATE: 8:55 p.m., 10/15/2012
After a year's worth of discussion, debate and questions of patriotism, University Place leaders voted Monday night to erect a flagpole next to its Town Center Civic Building.
On a 6-1 vote, elected city leaders decided to erect the flagpole close to the building instead of closer to Bridgeport Way West.
The location means a bronze duck that pays tribute to late UP volunteer Terry Reim will be unimpeded.
Monday night's decision came after public testimony that again showed how divisive the issue had become, as well as after multiple UP leaders voicing their disappointment in the black eye the issue ultimately left the city.
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The debate over when and where to erect a flag pole at University Place Town Center will finally be decided tonight.
At least we think so.
Tonight, the University Place City Council is scheduled to discuss two recommended locations for the flag pole in the vicinity of the Civic Building: the "Grass" location and the "Manhole" location.
The first would be located closer to Bridgeport Way West. Currently the site of an oak tree, this option would require cutting down the tree for the pole's installation.
The latter option is located in Market Square closer to the Civic Building. This site was originally designed to seasonally house a Christmas tree. This option would prevent the city from using it for a tree.
Staff is recommending using $20,000 in Local Revitalization Funds.