The large American flag Fort Dodge residents have grown accustomed to seeing on the City Square will not be flying for awhile.
A hairline crack was discovered in the 80-foot tall flagpole and the manufacturer has recommended not using it, according to Stephanie Houk Sheetz, the senior city planner.
Leaders of the Self-Supported Municipal Improvement District decided Tuesday to lead the effort to replace the flagpole.
''If we don't fund it, I think it comes down,'' said Jim Bird, a member of the district's board.
Houk Sheetz estimated that it would cost $13,100 to replace the flagpole. That estimate includes $8,600 to buy a new flagpole and $4,500 to install it.
The district's leaders may approach veterans groups and other entities for financial assistance with the flagpole replacement.
The pole was placed on the City Square in 1976 to help commemorate the country's bicentennial.