Huron updates city logo

Great Lakes Publishing, city collaborate on design
Andy Ouriel
May 17, 2014


Huron’s fresh logo comes with a seal of approval from the entire community.

Say goodbye to the dull, grayscale, barely legible peace-symbol-like seal doubling as Huron’s main emblem for years.

And say hello to a roster of vibrant, bold emblems depicting the city’s tallest — and maybe proudest — feature.

Amid a rebranding initiative, officials recently debuted a lineup of similarly crisp-looking logos.

“We wanted a logo that incorporated the feel of the city: a reflection and appreciation of the past with excitement and anticipation for the future,” said Mike Spafford, Huron’s assistant to the city manager. “We feel the new logo, by encompassing the city’slandmark lighthouse with familiar coloring and modern design elements, really encompasses all of those things”

One of the related logos should now show up on city-based promotional materials, business cards, social media platforms,letterheads and the like.

Great Lakes Publishing, the company printing a 20-page magazine showcasing Huron’s offerings this summer, helped create the logo. The cost for both ended up totaling about $25,000 in local funds.

Enhancing the city’s logo circles back to Huron’s $9 million master plan — a decade-long blueprint aimed at luring businesses and persuading people to stay and move into Huron. The plan also calls for linking several city landmarks, parks and neighborhoods, with an emphasis on highlighting waterfront features.

The logo can now act as a seal of approval for many upcoming projects seeking to enhance Huron’s offerings.



There's not enough money to set up a railroad quiet zone, but there's money for graphic designers to make nifty new logos.

So much for city government having the best interests of residents at heart.


The motto is It's a Great Lake Place and a railroad quiet zone is not necessary if one just uses ear plugs. We have golf carts in the streets because we have a nice place to live, a pretty town and tourists galore.

Andy Oriel, to say it has the approval of the entire community is really stretching it as I didn't even know about it until I read this!


I agree, a "quiet zone" is needed. I Approached City Council about it and they said no years ago.

No Wake

A railroad quiet zone would require an engineering study submitted to NS, the state DOT and the FRA. The study alone would run six figures, and may not result in a quiet zone exemption being issued.

Center medians would be installed on Rt 13, River Rd and Berlin Rd, and Williams St would likely be blocked off at the tracks. This could easily cost 50k per crossing, and you can double that if the study recommends gates at all four corners. The city would then responsible for the cost of installation and maintenance of a new signal system for 3 double-track crossings, this would run six figures easily.

All said and done, a quiet zone could cost anywhere from 350k to well over a million. The railroad legally does not have to spend a dime, and I know for a fact they would fight it from the start. 3 people have died on their tracks running through Erie County in the past year, and quiet zones do nothing for them but open them up to even more liability, regardless of fault or intention.

$25,000 and $1 million aren't even close to the same thing, you'd be better off complaining about the geese honking.


i like the city of sandusky beer mug logo..


How much will this cost to re brand everything?


O-bama O-prah O-crap we could have spent the money on more useful things!

Fibber Mcgee

'a great lake Place' it just doesn't flow. It sounds choppy.
And it does look like a bong. LOL Maybe it should have read, ' a great place to toke'