The City approves the naming policy

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The City of Monroe concluded a multi-year project on Monday with the adoption of a naming policy for features such as city streets and parks.

The Monroe City Council unanimously approved the naming policy at its Monday meeting. The policy establishes a process for considering naming City-owned properties, including parks, lanes, recreation areas, municipal buildings, facilities and public rights-of-way. It also identifies many of the considerations and criteria associated with naming a city-owned property, establishing a workflow process from initial online application/request, through administrative view, committee review of Ethics for completeness of application and review with a recommendation to City Council who is ultimately responsible for final approval or rejection of the application.

Monroe Mayor Robert Clark worked with council members Kellie Vining and Andrew Felder, along with clerk/treasurer Michelle LaVoy and director of communications Jody Egen to develop the naming policy. Council has discussed such a policy over the past two years as it has faced several requests from individuals and groups in the community seeking to honor those who have made significant contributions to the city.

“Think of something that’s been discussed extensively with the board, for over a year,” Clark said. “…I would like to thank the committee, Councilor Vining, Councilor Felder…And also the support the committee received as we worked through so many drafts, the support from the administration, the clerk/treasurer LaVoy and our communications director.

“I think it’s something the community has asked for and we’ve talked about a lot.”

In accordance with policy, the city reserves the right to exclude naming requests that are contrary to Monroe public policy or the following purposes:

  • Dual naming of any public property, including the honorary naming of city streets, will not be considered.
  • No naming rights will be given to public property that restricts its use.
  • Names associated with drugs, alcohol, tobacco, religious organizations, spiritual groups and political affiliations will not be considered.
  • The assignment of small park features with an identifiable lifespan and not intended to be permanent, such as park benches, tables, memorial trail markers, plaque/stone locations, should be addressed as part of of a separate policy.

The policy also states that the city strongly discourages renaming of city-owned properties and recommends that “efforts to change a name be subject to the most critical scrutiny so as not to diminish the original rationale for the naming or devalue previous contributions.

The policy can be viewed in its entirety on the City’s website.

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