It’s going on three years since Green Bay Mayor Jim Schmitt held up a street sign with Mike McCarthy‘s name on it during the Super Bowl XLV celebration held at Lambeau Field in February 2011, making one wonder if a street would ever be named for the Green Bay Packers head coach.
But now it looks like it might be on the fast track to happening sometime in the near future – if everyone can agree to it.
In a story published today by Scott Williams of the Green Bay Press Gazette, it seems the only stumbling block would be if officials from DePere and Ashwaubenon balk at renaming a stretch of Ashland Avenue which runs through all three communities.
According To Williams‘ story, the north-south thoroughfare runs to the east of the city of Green Bay and it would be a six-mile stretch of the highway that would be renamed for McCarthy.
Schmitt has said that he has already talked to state highway department officials who have indicated the renaming and changing of signage along the route would be OK with those at that department.
Attempts have been made since 2011 to honor the coach with a street, but the effort has stalled because of disagreement among Green Bay Aldermen on which street to rename. According to Williams’ story, the proposal would have to be approved by each individual municipality and that could be happening soon.
Here’s what Williams discovered and wrote after talking with officials from DePere and Ashwaubenon:
Ashwaubenon Village President Mike Aubinger said he will likely present the idea to his Village Board later this month or in June. Aubinger said he was checking with the U.S. Postal Service on whether businesses on an Ashland access road could keep their current mailing addresses.
“It was sort of promised to him,” Aubinger said. “I think we need to follow through on our promises.”
De Pere Mayor Michael Walsh said he wanted to gather feedback from businesses and property owners along Ashland in his community. Walsh said he would not make up his mind until after hearing from those people.
DePere Alderman Robert Heuvelmans said he doubts many people along the road would raise an objection. He added: “Most everybody seems to be Packer fans.”
We here at Lombardiave say it’s about time and we agree with Aubinger – McCarthy was promised the street rename and they should follow through on their promise.