If clothes do make the man — or woman — San Carlos employees and officials may be made over into an even more unified team.
The City Council Monday night will mull over an idea of “team apparel,” an idea first floated by Councilman Matt Grocott back in March.
“A town has an identity with its functions like the police department or elementary schools. If you lose that, where are you?” Grocott said.
City staff isn’t giving the concept a thumbs up or down but is presenting the council with three possible purchasing options. Each include different combinations of T-shirts, polo shirts, jackets, caps, umbrellas and golf balls and range in cost from $9,500 to $25,900 in one-time costs. Ongoing annual costs for new hires and officials wouldn’t be more than $4,200.
Grocott said cost is certainly a factor but the request isn’t a great deal of funding in the grand scheme.
“You could be penny wise and pound foolish in not doing things to build a sense of team and service. If morale is poor is that worth it?” Grocott asked.
The city-themed clothing would not be a mandated uniform but simply a piece of clothing to be worn as the owner chooses, particularly when representing the city at regional meetings or local events such as Hometown Days.
Councilman Ron Collins supports the idea. Collins proudly sports a wide range of San Carlos-themed gear, including a “City of Good Living” hat, but thinks city workers and leaders would benefit from items not necessarily available to the greater public. The shirts or golf balls or what have you will foster a sense of pride, he said.
“There are various businesses where people wear something that identifies them and if it doesn’t cost too much money what’s the harm?” he said. “I don’t think it’s a budget buster.”
The funding could possibly come from the city’s estimated unrestricted fund balance of $3.45 million.
The first $9,500 option calls for councilmembers and commissioners each getting the clothing, umbrella and a dozen golf balls. All employees receive T-shirts and full-time and regular workers get polo shirts. Employees could personally purchase the other gear.
The second $14,800 option mimics the first but all employees including temporary and season will get a cap. Management employees receive jackets, umbrellas and golf balls.
The last option, at a cost of $25,900, gives all officials and employees the clothing, umbrella and golf balls.
If the City Council likes the idea of the apparel, the next step is picking the placement of the city seal.
Councilman Mark Olbert said he has no strong feelings one way or the other about the proposal but thinks it could be a money-making opportunity if the public is allowed to purchase items, too.
The city staff report also references the possibility of creating an online store.
The San Carlos City Council meets 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 26 at City Hall, 600 Elm St., San Carlos.
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