Freeport seeks public opinion in search for new motto

Posted July 10, 2013, at 8:31 a.m.
Last modified Aug. 06, 2013, at 10:21 a.m.

FREEPORT, Maine — Residents will soon be asked whether the town needs a new motto.

Town Councilor Kristina Egan, chairwoman of the Special Projects Committee, said Tuesday that the council will solicit public opinion during community announcements at its next meeting on July 16.

Egan said she wants to know whether residents think a motto is necessary and if there are any suggestions. Residents will be asked to contact the councilor within their district with input, she said.

The committee meeting was the first time the group has convened since the Town Council voted in June to phase out the town’s longstanding motto, “The Birthplace of the State of Maine,” which was deemed historically inaccurate. The council also tasked the Special Projects Committee with considering the possibility of a new motto.

The three-member committee, comprised of Councilors Scott Gleeson, Andy Wellen and Egan, expressed ambivalence toward town mottoes in general and all agreed it is a low-priority item.

If, however, the committee moves toward proposing a new motto, all agreed the process should be slow and deliberate, and the ultimate choice should be timeless.

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