City centennial celebration plans taking shape

POULSBO — With less than six months until Poulsbo marks 100 years of self-governance, city officials, community leaders and other civic-minded volunteers are busy making plans for a yearlong celebration.

Although there are tentatively 46 events planned throughout 2008, one of the first priorities is the logo for the entire year, Councilman Ed Stern said at Wednesday’s city council community services committee.

“One of the first things that has to happen is the logo,” he said.

After reviewing three preliminary designs provided by North Kitsap Herald page designer Bronsyn Springer and Herald publisher Donna Etchey, Stern said while he has a favorite, he is willing to defer to the public.

“It’s their centennial. Let’s get the people involved and let them decide,” he said. “We could run it in the newspaper and take a straw poll.”

In addition to having it in the newspaper, the logos could be placed on the city’s Web site and people could vote for their favorite there as well, Councilwoman Kimberlee Crowder said.

“I think that’s a great idea,” Crowder said.

Along with the selection of a logo, sponsors are needed to support each of the proposed events, city executive assistant Carly Michelson told the committee.

The sponsorship structure has been approved by the centennial committee, and all of the sponsors will be on a poster or banner displayed throughout the year, Michelson said.

“Special attention was paid to small businesses,” Stern said. “We felt like $250 was a reasonable amount.”

In order to ensure the centennial preparations continue running smoothly, someone has to be responsible for keeping the books and handling the administrative duties, he said.

The centennial committee’s proposal is to increase Michelson’s hours from 25 to 30 hours per week, until the end of the year, she said.

Crowder and Stern both concurred with the proposal since Michelson is on the centennial committee and is serving as Mayor Kathryn Quade’s executive assistant.

The city has allocated $5,000 in seed money this year to get the centennial celebration plans off the ground, and some of those funds will be used for the distribution and printing of sponsorship brochures, Michelson said.

Poulsbo’s newest park, Centennial Park, will also play a role in the city’s plans in 2008.

“We had a couple of ideas, but we wanted to know what you think,” city parks and recreation director Mary McCluskey told Stern and Crowder.

Volunteers will be clearing blackberries from the 7th Street and Iverson Street location on June 20 as part of the United Way’s Day of Caring, McCluskey said.

But until parts of the park’s master plan are further along in the permitting process, McCluskey said she is hesitant to attempt to do too much.

The city’s centennial sculpture should be placed in the park before the end of 2008, Stern said.

Other ideas might be to have the Poulsbo Historical Society include the park in its walking tours of downtown, he said.

“It could be a 100-year walk, linking the city’s past to its future,” he said.

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