Ordinance No. 161815
Authorize renaming of Union Avenue to Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. (Ordinance)
The City Ordains:
Section 1. The Council finds:
1. The Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. Committee has submitted an application to rename Union Avenue as Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.
2. Council adopted the Policy for Renaming City Streets in August, 1987, which establishes guidelines for preparation and implementation of City Code provisions governing the renaming of City streets.
3. Martin Luther King, Jr. meets the criteria under the policy as a person for whom a street may be renamed.
4. Union Avenue meets the criteria under the policy as a City street that may be renamed.
5. The proposal to rename Union Avenue is supported by a petition with more than 2,000 signatures.
6. All property owners and tenants on Union Avenue were notified and given an opportunity to express their opinion on the matter.
7. All neighborhood and business associations abutting Union Avenue were notified and given an opportunity to express their opinion on the matter.
8. The Historian Panel found no major historical obstacle to renaming Union Avenue, and that Martin Luther King, Jr. is an appropriate name to use.
9. The Planning Commission held a public hearing on the matter on March 18, and unanimously voted to support the recommendation to City Council that renaming Union Avenue as Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. is in the best interest of the City.
NOW THEREFORE, the council directs:
A. The renaming of Union Avenue to Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. is approved.
B. The Auditor shall notify owners and occupants of all property abutting the street being renamed, affected public agencies, the general public, U.S. Post Office, and emergency service organizations of the street name through public notice, direct correspondence and other appropriate means.
C. The Bureau of Maintenance shall install street signs showing the new street name alongside the existing name signs and shall maintain both sets of signs for a period of five (5) years at the level of maintenance approved for street name signs City-wide.
D. At the end of five (5) years the Maintenance Bureau shall remove the Union Avenue name signs.
Section 2. The Council declares that an emergency exists because immediate implementation of the name change would be in the best interest of the City, therefore, this ordinance shall be in full force and effect from and after its passage by Council.
Passed by the Council, April 20, 1989.