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Street name suggested to honour Elsie Picone

By Craig Campbell, Dundas Star News

Naming a street after a local resident – like well-known downtown Dundas business operator Elsie Picone, who died earlier this month, is not a simple task.

Dundas city councillor Russ Powers explained this week the idea suggested in a recent letter to the editor of the Dundas Star News “is do-able” but has some challenges.

Renaming an existing street is a time-consuming and expensive proposition for the municipality, as a whole list of addresses are changed.

When Ogilvie Street was rechristened “Artist’s Way” it was done only ceremoniously, with the official name remaining in use.

Powers said it’s possible to get a new recommended street name, such as Picone, onto a list for new development. That requires an application submitted to city hall.

“Naming a park, or parkette, is much easier to do,” he said, noting two benches facing the Dundas Driving Park band shell were dedicated to his late wife Linda.

The couple was regular audience members to music performances there.

“If there’s a desire of people to work on something to recognize Elsie’s contributions, they can work with me and city,” Powers said.

He said he was aware of the letter suggesting a street be named in honour of Picone before it was published, but no official request to pursue a street, facility or park naming in her honour has been made.

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