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A chance to play name game

by Britt Retherford

Grass Valley city officials have decided that two anonymous freeway frontage roads in the city now deserve names, and your suggestion could soon be one of those etched into area map books.

The two roads involved in the city’s new name game are the northeast- bound frontage road that runs between South Auburn Street and Bennett Street and the southwest road from the intersection of East Main Street and Idaho-Maryland Road to South Auburn.

The idea was sparked by Grass Valley Downtown Association Executive Director Howard Levine and was brought before the City Council Tuesday night by Mayor Patti Ingram.

Ingram said she would like to see the names honor some of the most notable leaders of the community. Names suggested at Tuesday’s council meeting included Bill Hullender and Arletta Douglas, both deceased.

Hullender was a Grass Valley mayor now honored with a star on East Main Street. Douglas served on the City Council from 1982 to ’87 and was involved in the restoration of the Holbrooke Hotel and the formation of Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital.

Councilwoman Dee Mautino said she would like to see important community members recognized, as well, but she was not certain that the names should be those of specific people. She said that perhaps one road could be named in honor of the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars with the name of Veterans Roadway.

“There are so many wonderful volunteers, how can we pick out one? We could use ‘volunteers’ as a name,” she also said.

Naming the roads requires special legislative action from the state, according to Caltrans. Sen. Sam Aanestad, R-Grass Valley, has already been contacted by city officials and has said that he will support names chosen by the City Council.

The council decided to open up the decision to the community and see what the people want, but “ultimately the decision will be the council’s decision,” Ingram said.

City Administrator Gene Haroldson said that the city has not yet decided the specific process for allowing the public to have a voice in choosing the name, but he said he is taking suggestions.

The city government offices can be reached at 274-4310 or through http://www.cityofgrassvalley.com on the Web.

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