With five months left to fulfill its function, the task force working on the merger of Macon and Bibb County governments at last has an official logo.
The task force chose Wednesday between variations on two main themes: a pair of interlocked cogs, one red, one blue; and a three-building skyline fronted by two flowing red and blue lines.
Chris Floore, city Public Affairs director and a member of the task force communication team, said the chosen design may be a model for the actual new governments emblem -- or it may not. That will be for the new government, once in office, to decide in January 2014.
The logo will first be used on the task forces website, which is still under construction, Floore said. Until now, he and Bibb County Pubic Affairs Officer Kevin Barrere have sent out information bearing the combined logos of existing city and county governments, but that didnt really suggest unity, he said.
Third Wave Digital, hired with part of a John S. and James L. Knight Foundation grant to do the logo and website, came back with five designs, Floore said. Those were narrowed to two after talks with local marketing firms.
At an afternoon communications team meeting, task force member Leonard Bevill liked the cityscape, while member Jeffery Monroe preferred the cogs.
I didnt like the cogs because the gears dont mesh, Mayor Robert Reichert said. An engineers going to look at it and say, That aint going to work.
Task force members Pearlie Toliver and Bibb County Commission Chairman Sam Hart preferred the cityscape version with the largest lettering. That was adopted at Bevills suggestion, but with the surrounding lettering changed from red and blue to black for clarity.
Monroe was the only holdout for the cog design in the committee meeting, but at the full task force vote he joined the majority, making approval unanimous.