Green Lake’s water tower will get a new look when it is repainted in 2018.

But the Green Lake City Council wasn’t ready to pick up the paint brush Monday night.

Aldermen voted 2-3 against approving a design by resident Brad Ruth.

The design featured a green base and bottom half of the sphere with white, wavy lines bordering a blue top sporting the name, “Green Lake.”

Voting for the design were Alds. George King and Diana Galster-Kinas. Voting no were Alds. Dusty Walker, Nancy Wells and Jon Smick.

Council members didn’t express objection to the design so much as the timing of the approval.

“I don’t know that there’s an urgency to get it approved at this meeting,” Smick said, adding the need to repaint the tower creates an opportunity for its design to align with city groups’ branding efforts.

“This is the biggest billboard we have for our city to define who we are,” Smick said.

The city would need a decal to adopt the same branding image as the Green Lake Area Chamber of Commerce, Mayor Jon McConnell said. A flat decal on a round surface doesn’t work, he added, noting he has met with the chamber, Downtown Green Lake Renewal Project and with Ruth twice. “It’s been tried before with other communities and it doesn’t work.”

To read the entire story, see the April 16, 2015 edition of The Ripon Commonwealth Press.

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