Council approves 23 Street NW name change

By Jessie Weisner
November 19, 2018 - 8:48pm Updated: November 20, 2018 - 6:55pm

 

MEDICINE HAT, AB -- 23 Street NW is officially getting a name change.

City council approved to switch the major routes name to ‘Rotary Centennial Drive’ in honour of the local rotary clubs 100th year operating in Medicine Hat.

In 2015, the city approved the name for use on future streets after the club proposed it as a way to celebrate their centennial.

“Very excited that the Rotary Club of Medicine Hat has had the opportunity to look at 100 years of history,” says Councillor Robert Dumanowski. “And have commemoration of a street in their name.”

The Club officially submitted the renaming proposal on August 14, after realizing 23 Street NW was the most timely and efficient option.

The change only includes a portion of the roadway between division avenue north and box springs road NW.

Councillor Dumanowski says although this could set a trend among service groups in Medicine Hat, only good will come out of it.

“Although this sets precedence for the clubs in Medicine Hat I believe it’s the right kind of precedent we want,” says Councillor Dumanowski. “We want to celebrate the vitality of these groups and the Rotary Club has done tremendous things in our community over 100 years and we look forward to other opportunities with other service clubs over the next many years.”

The city says any kind of public implication from the change should be minor, because residents have more tolerance for renaming a numbered road as opposed to an existing named road that is widely known.

No private addresses such as storefronts or residences face onto the road. A cellphone tower, gas and power metering stations and a storage yard do, but they don’t have mail delivery, so the name change shouldn’t present any issue.

The cost of the change is roughly $2000, but the Rotary Club is covering the bill.

Mayor Ted Clugston says the sign replacements will be happening quickly.

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