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UPDATE: City of Roanoke seeks citizen input on proposal to change its city seal

By Joe Dashiell
Published On: Mar 04 2013 05:05:07 PM EST
Updated On: Mar 11 2013 03:06:23 PM EDT
UPDATE: City of Roanoke seeks citizen input on proposal to change its city seal
ROANOKE, Va. -

The City of Roanoke is asking for your feedback on a proposal to revert the city seal  back to the original seal.

Roanoke adopted its original seal in 1884, and changed to the seal that is currently in use in 1906.

Click here to vote on which seal that you prefer.

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Original story from March 4, 2013

The seal that watches over city council has served Roanoke for more than 100 years, but some are asking  if an image that emphasizes the city's industrial heritage is the best way to represent Roanoke today.

On Monday, Roanoke City Manager Chris Morrill briefed council members on a proposal to retire the current city seal in favor of an earlier version from 1884.

"We're trying to bring our mountains and our valleys into the fold, and to try to show everyone this is what we're about," said council member Ray Ferris in an interview, "and broken gears and smoke pouring out of smokestacks is not what Roanoke's all about."

Other members were less enthusiastic about the change. The earlier seal features a train and mountains, but council member Sherman Lea said it doesn't reflect the city's urban nature.

Mayor David Bowers argued that the city has more important issues to deal with. "The lady on this seal has seen over many a mayor and many a council over 125 years. I bet she could be in for another 125."

Members of City Council didn't vote on the seal Monday.  They want to put it to the public for 30 days or so and see what Roanokers think before taking a vote.