Ideas roll in for names of city roads |

Ideas roll in for names of city roads

The city of Grass Valley has already started receiving name suggestions 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 championed 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 honoring Lola Montez, a performer who lived in Grass Valley during the mid-1800s 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 the city’s Chinese community dating from the Gold Rush era.

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 councilwoman 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 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.

Got an idea?

To suggest a road name, send a written request and short explanation to City Clerk Bobbi Poznik-Coover at:

– E-mail:

– City Hall: 125 East Main St., Grass Valley

There also will be a nomination box at the Grass Valley Downtown Association booth at the Friday Market street festivals.

All submissions must be received by July 23.

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