CALDWELL, NJ — The Borough of Caldwell has commissioned a local graphic artist to come up with designs for a new municipal seal for the municipality.
In an effort to replace a current seal that Caldwell Councilman Jonathan Lace called "literally colorless with nothing distinctive about Caldwell," the borough adopted a resolution over the summer to contract with Carolynn O'Brien, owner of the Graphics Connection in Caldwell, to come up with some new designs to replace the current crest.
O'Brien, a Caldwell resident who has operated the graphics business in the borough for the last 18 years, presented four design options and her recommendations to the Caldwell Borough Council on Tuesday night.
"Caldwell is the birthplace of (former president) Grover Cleveland, it was named after Presbyterian minister James Caldwell [...] and Caldwell is designated as a Tree City USA," said O'Brien, who attempted to incorporate all of those elements into her designs.
In one of her designs, O'Brien said she "wanted it to look kind of like the Presidential Seal." All of her designs incorporate elements of cedar trees or branches, and the image of James Caldwell.
"In designing these seals, we wanted to make sure that they would represent well on screen, in print and also embroidered," said O'Brien. "It had to be pretty simple."
The council will consider the designer's recommendations before making a decision at a future date.