When the calendar hits Flag Day on June 14, Independence should have a new-look pennant.

The city’s beautification commission is sponsoring a contest to create a new city flag, with entries accepted from March 1 to May 1.

“While it is significant and lovely, we thought after 45 years, maybe it’s time for something, maybe a little jazzier,” commission member Gloria Smith said when she outlined the contest for the City Council during Monday’s study session.

“It will be interesting to see, citywide, what they come up with.”

The current flag is the winning design from a 1969 contest for school children sponsored by the Women Civic Club. It has “Queen City of The Trails” in script, above an image of a wagon wheel, with “INDEPENDENCE” in red block letters at the bottom.

“There’s a new city logo, and I think they’re looking for something a little more eye-catching (for a flag),” Smith said after her presentation. “Every now and then, you have to do a make-over.”

Smith said this contest will have no age or residency restrictions, and entries can be mailed postal or electronically, though all must include a brief description of the theme for the flag design. The commission plans to publish full contest rules on the city’s website, in the CityScene newsletter and through press releases.

LED STREET LIGHTS: The Power and Light Department is nearly 90 percent complete in replacing all the street lights with energy-saving LED lights.

Jim Franklin, power engineering manager, told the council that as of last Tuesday, 10,266 of 11,500 lights had been replaced. The project started July 10 last year and is scheduled for Jan. 31 completion, though Franklin said that’s now a bit optimistic given the arctic stretches that have marked this winter.

“I’m saying it will probably be later because of the cold weather,” Franklin said. “It’s tough to work out there.