Hilliard City Council President Brett Sciotto said Monday night that he will not recommend a contract with Edward Howard & Co. be extended.

Hilliard City Council President Brett Sciotto said Monday night that he will not recommend a contract with Edward Howard & Co. be extended.

The city entered into a $45,000 contract with the communications firm in 2007 to assist with branding, promotions and building the city's image. The first phase of that agreement was to develop a new logo and slogan for the city.

After reviewing Edward Howard's initial logo designs, city council members and Mayor Don Schonhardt, working with a local graphic artist, came up with their own concepts and sent them back to Edward Howard.

City Council Clerk Lynne Fasone said she was told by an Edward Howard representative that they were not comfortable working with another artist's designs and weren't clear on the direction city council wanted to pursue. Fasone said Edward Howard's representative thought they had been directed to do a more modern, forward-thinking design but the samples sent back to them were more "old fashioned."

Fasone said Edward Howard is sending the complete original set of logo designs back to Hilliard City Council to review, but that the company has indicated it will not do additional work on the logos without a contract extension.

Following Monday night's city council meeting, Sciotto said he was unhappy with Edward Howard and that he will not recommend a contract extension with the company.

"There will be no phase 2," Sciotto said.