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
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.
[By NILA SMITH]