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The People's Flag of Milwaukee could be headed back to the drawing board

Posted at 9:36 PM, Nov 14, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-15 12:15:07-05

The search for the "People's Flag" of Milwaukee could be heading back to the drawing board.

The City of Milwaukee's Arts Board said this week that the original search in recent years wasn't inclusive enough.

Chairman of the Arts Board Alderman Michael Murphy said of the original search "it was grassroots support. When you look at the very fine details on how the flag was chosen, there could have been a little more outreach specifically with people of color in our community."

Steve Kodis, the man behind and the biggest supporter of making "Sunrise Over the Lake" the official flag of the city says, "I'm not really sure what doing it again is going to solve."

The flag is free for all to use and many organizations including the Milwaukee Brewers have adopted it in some form.

"At this point it doesn't really seem to matter, most people already consider it the new flag," Kodis said.

There is also concern over the potential cost of starting a new search from the ground up.

"There's plenty of other things the city can spend the money on. That's the beauty of the process we went through, it was people's led it was people's funded," said Kodis.

Murphy says if the cost goes beyond a few thousand dollars there will be objections.

"I would have grave concern if it was very costly. If it comes to a cost where it's cost prohibitive than I would recommend that we not do that," said Murphy.

The recommendation from the Arts Board is expected to go before the full council for a vote sometime early next year.