Some Port officials reject Coal Dock Parkway, say street name should recognize We Energies contribution
What should the road running through Coal Dock Park be called?
Port Washington aldermen debated that subject Tuesday night, but they didnât come to a resolution before their meeting ended.
The Coal Dock Committee suggested the road should be called Coal Dock Parkway, but that recommendation didnât sit well with all the aldermen.
âThe nameâs horrible,â Ald. Dave Larson said. âItâs not very imaginative. Itâs not very creative.â
He didnât like it when the city named the park Coal Dock Park, Larson added, noting itâs too similar to Kolbach Park on the cityâs north side.
He suggested the city call the road Energy Way.
âI like the idea of tying energy into it,â Larson said.
But Ald. Kevin Rudser asked, âIs that because thereâs a power plant there?â
The name would pay homage to the fact We Energies essentially donated the land for the park, Larson said.
Ald. Dan Becker said he liked that concept.
âIâm throwing in a plug for Energy Drive if we canât have Becker Way,â he said jokingly. âI like the idea of Energy Drive. I thought that was fairly creative and energizing.â
City Administrator Mark Grams defended the Coal Dock Committeeâs suggestion, noting that the road leading to Miller Park in Milwaukee is Miller Park Way.
âMiller Park is a cool name. Coal Dock Park isnât,â Larson replied.
Besides, Becker said, MillerCoors paid millions of dollars in naming rights for the stadium.
Ald. Bill Driscoll said he favored the name Coal Dock Parkway.
âI think it celebrates the coal dock,â he said, âand the coal dock is part of the history of the city. Itâs probably one of the things I miss the most, watching the coal boats come in and unload at the power plant.â
However, Driscoll said, the fact that the city is leasing the park property from We Energies for a minimal cost for 100 years gives credence to Larsonâs proposal.
City Atty. Eric Eberhardt, who recommended the city name the roadway, noted that the city doesnât generally name its streets. Most are named by developers when subdivisions are platted.
The city should name the road, he said, to make it easier for emergency responders and dispatchers. It could help prevent confusion, particularly if some of those responding to an emergency are from another community.
The council ended their discussion without settling on a name, but the matter wonât end there.
Eberhardt said that to comply with state statutes, the matter will likely be sent to the Plan Commission for a recommendation in July, then taken up during a public hearing before the Common Council. The council will then vote on the street name.