Council considers street name change in Alberni

Port Alberni city council is considering a street name change that would better identify Legion Branch No. 293.

Can you imagine turning at the corner of Legion Street and Veterans Way instead of at Johnston Road and Victoria Quay?

Port Alberni resident Harold Hamilton can. He has proposed street name changes at the 4600 block of Victoria Quay and Johnston Road.

The initiative would better identify Legion Branch No. 293, which is located at 4680 Victoria Quay, Hamilton said in a presentation to city council.

The legion was established in 1938 and is one of the oldest active institutions in the city, Hamilton said.

The location only has three mailing addresses on it, and it only has one exit onto Burke Street, he said.

There is precedence for the project. Qualicum has a Veterans Way and Memorial Drive, Hamilton said.

The process to change the name of a street is straightforward, city manager Ken Watson said.

The change has to be confirmed with the residents at the other two mailing addresses.

And the move has to be compliant with the 911 emergency service.

“Subject to these things it’s not expensive or onerous to change,” Watson said.

Council directed staff to draw up a report regarding the process and its impacts.

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