Street names will stay same for now: City of Port Alberni

Public input will be considered before Port Alerni city council decides whether or to rename Gertrude Street, Stamp Avenue and Third Ave.

City council will take public input into consideration before deciding whether or not to rename Gertrude Street, Stamp Avenue and Third Avenue.

“It’s pretty clear that the public has a position and it’s not positive,” said Coun. Chris Alemany on Monday night.

“I see the value of having a roadway that truly joins the community… but that said, the inbox doesn’t lie.”

City planner Scott Smith was up in front of council with a report totalling up the staff time and city funds that amalgamating the three street names into one would require.

According to Smith’s report, “it is estimated that the required changes to the city digital files in several departments would take approximately 61 hours of work… the cost is estimated at $3,318.”

The cost to switch out the 46 required street name signs would total $5,000 and come from the engineering department’s street operations budget.

No estimation for costs to businesses to change addresses was provided.

Council received Smith’s report and following the meeting, Mayor Mike Ruttan said that if the public didn’t want to see the street name changed, council would consider other ways to celebrate the amalgamation of the Albernis.

“Frankly, we have other areas where we can put our financial resources and staff time and our energy as a council into.

“There are many other ways that we can celebrate our 50 years as an amalgamated city,” Ruttan said.

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