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City council: Friendship Manor could keep Primm Road as address

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[March 31, 2014]  At the Tuesday night workshop session of the Lincoln City Council, aldermen discussed the change in street names at Wyatt and Primm Road in honor of the Lincoln High School basketball team.

When the Railer boys brought home the first runner-up Class 3A state basketball trophy, they were welcomed home with a huge reception at the high school.

Among the many events of that evening was a presentation by Lincoln Mayor Keith Snyder. The mayor was happy to announce that in honor of the Railers in particular, and the high school in general, the section of street from where Wyatt Avenue turns to Primm Road at the curve to past the Lincoln Park District would be renamed Railer Way.

Last week during the council workshop session, Snyder said that before he made his presentation to the high school, he had emailed all the city aldermen seeking their advice and consent to go ahead with this change and do the presentation of the new street name.

All had supported the mayor's request wholeheartedly. Therefore, Snyder said all that was left to do was make it official through a council vote at the first voting session in April.

Snyder said there were actually only three physical addresses that would be affected by the change: the high school, park district complex and Friendship Manor. He said he had checked into it, and for a period of one year, the old street name addresses would be recognized by the postal service, so there will be ample time for the three affected addresses to make necessary changes without a disruption in mail service.

While the aldermen are all in support of this change, it was Michelle Bauer who brought up that for the residents of Friendship Manor, this change would be upsetting and complicated.

Friendship Manor is an apartment complex where many of the residents are retirement age and beyond. Bauer said that for folks who are a little older, making such changes can be upsetting. She pointed out there would be changes in mail, banking accounts, personal information and even legal documents such as powers of attorney. Bauer said she, too, supported the street name change, but she was still concerned about the residents of the apartments.

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Fire Chief Mark Miller was the one who came up with a solution. Recalling that there had been name change requests in the Christian Village area in the past, he noted that those changes had given names to what were considered private driveways.

At Friendship Manor there is a front entryway and parking area off the street, as well as a private driveway that leads to the back of the building. Miller suggested that the private driveway could be named Primm Road, and the building would be able to keep its existing address of 925 Primm.

City zoning and safety officer John Lebegue did not speak on the suggestion, but by nod of the head agreed with Miller this would be a viable solution.

Snyder said it was a great solution that would be good for Friendship Manor without disrupting what the city wanted to do in honor of the Railers.

Due to the month of March having five Mondays, there will be no city council meeting this week. The next meeting of the council will be a voting session on April 7.


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