Modernized tree remains the center point
The stalk of broccoli is gone.
The city of Eagan officially adopted a new city logo and raised the new flag over Eagan City Hall on Tuesday.
The new logo still features a tree, but with a more modern look.
“Eagan’s brand is about the people and the natural resources and its amenities,” Mayor Mike Maguire said. “It’s about its parks and trails and most importantly, its trees.”
The previous logo was 25 years old.
“(The) phrase that stuck with us all (was) ‘piece of broccoli,’ ” Maguire said during meeting earlier this summer in reference to the old logo. “This is far superior to that.”
The new logo still includes a representation of a stylistic tree.
“In those 25 years a lot has changed in Eagan in the kind of city we are and the kind of city we want to be,” said Tom Garrison, director of communications. “Yet, some of our bedrock principles remain the same.”
It was a two-year process to rebrand the city.
The need for a new logo was first suggested in 2015 by residents during Eagan Forward discussions.
The new logo will be phased in to be on letterheads, business cards, flags, clothes, website, social media accounts and monument signs in 2017.
In the coming years, it will start appearing on water towers, welcome signs, vehicles, city welcome signs and city buildings,
It represents the Lone Oak tree, which was an actual tree within the city, which was cut down in 1984.
The tree stood in the northeastern part of the city near Highway 149 and Highway 55 for at least 200 years.
It sat across from the town clerk’s office and was used as a posting place for notices while Eagan sprouted around it.
It was cut down in 1984 to make way for Highway 55.
The new logo was designed by Eagan resident Allan Peters of Peters’ Design Company, who does design work for Nike and Target.
The old flag was officially given to the Eagan Historical Society during Tuesday’s City Council meeting.
Garrison also presented the City Council members with their new business cards.
Noise at CMF
The city’s Central Maintenance Facility is getting some new landscaping with hopes of keeping noise generated daily at the site to a minimum.
Birchpond Road residents in the Terra Glenn development, who are close neighbors of the Central Maintenance Facility requested a meeting late last year to discuss noise coming from the site.
The plan includes more than $56,000 worth of landscaping, which includes white pine, Norway spruce, eastern red cedar, white fir and black hill spruce trees along with more flowering shrubs.
The city also plans to purchase white noise backup beepers for all vehicles and equipment.
“We met with neighbors I think this is a good solution for right now,” Council Member Meg Tilley said.
The city also received an estimate of how much a noise wall would cost, which came in at $186,000.
Public Works Director Russ Matthys said there isn’t a current cost proposal for funding the wall.
“In order to finance (a wall), staff is left with the option of proposing assessments,” he said.
According to the agenda memo from the Aug. 15 meeting, since a noise wall is an unanticipated expense, there’s no established funding for the wall and it would be paid via a special assessment to the adjacent neighborhood, per city policy.
City staff did not recommend building the wall due to the cost and lack of clarity for neighborhood support.