City road names already being submitted
Name suggestions have already started coming in to the city of Grass Valley for the anonymous frontage roads that hug the freeway downtown.
City officials decided to involve the community in choosing the names for the two roads with the hopes that notable community leaders or groups could be recognized, an effort that was pioneered by Mayor Patti Ingram and Howard Levine, executive director of the Grass Valley Downtown Association.
Residents who have suggestions must submit a written request, Levine said. The nomination must include the name, as well as an explanation for the choice. People can submit their requests to the city clerk at City Hall or at the Grass Valley Downtown Association booth at the Friday Night Markets.
So far, the city has received a few suggestions, including one from Nevada City resident Uli Paulin. Paulin said he thinks the city should consider Lola Montez, a woman who lived in Grass Valley during the mid-1800 and was well-known for her charisma and her “spider dance.”
Another suggestion was to honor the arts by naming one of the streets Honey Way to commemorate the late Nelda Honey who ran the Nelda and Lennie Dance Studio. There was also an idea to honor people of the Chinese community because during the Gold Rush era, Grass Valley had a Chinatown like many other gold country towns. Suggestions were made for individual people as well, including city workers and police officers.
The City Council suggested that the Hansen family could be honored. “The Hansen family has been wonderful to the community,” said Council member Linda Stevens. The late Arlie Hansen started Hansen Bros. Enterprises in 1953. The three-generation family company has been key in helping to develop the area.
A committee made up of Mayor Ingram, Levine, and Joint Chambers of Commerce President Mary Ann Mueller will review the submissions and make their recommendations to the City Council on July 27.
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