Town may name street after Gilbert Clements

Steve Sharratt
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Gilbert Clements

MONTAGUE — A rookie councillor’s eager recommendation to pay tribute to a native son by renaming a street in his honour has been deferred until those affected are notified and concur.

“I want the town to remember Gilbert Clements by naming a street after him,’’ said Coun. Wayne Spin, his first public declaration since being elected in November.

Fellow colleagues were in total agreement and noted that changing a street name should be done with concern both for the family and such logistical issues as 911 emergency calls.

Spin suggested that Riverside Drive be renamed Gilbert Clements Drive, or Gilbert’s Way, as a tribute to the veteran politician who won seven elections and went on to become lieutenant-governor of the province. He died Nov. 27 at age 84.

Coun. Peggy MacLeod requested the town contact the family first for approval and Coun. Jim Bagnall noted that emergency operations like the fire department and 911 should be contacted to ensure there is no mix up should a change be made.

Council also recommended that businesses and residents of Riverside Drive, where Clements lived until his death, be notified about the possible change. The motion for a name change was deferred until February for official approval.

Geographic location: Riverside Drive

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  • caringgal
    December 20, 2012 - 09:10

    A wonderful tribute to a fine man,but this rookie councillor should have studied his proposal more carefully.The family should have been approached first and they and council tog. should have announced this publicly.Because of the difficulty changing a street name,with considerable inconvenience to the residents of the street,why not name the waterfront park,Clements Park instead.??

  • Lindsay
    December 18, 2012 - 17:42

    Great Idea Wayne ! I like Gilbert's Way, as Gilbert Clements Drive may get confused with Robert Clements Drive. And there's to many Riverside Drive's already (one in every community).

  • Sad
    December 18, 2012 - 16:28

    Lets name a park after Gilbert-not a street that people already have their addresses set up...If I lived on Riverside Dr I would never vote Spin again!

  • Downeaster
    December 18, 2012 - 16:19

    Hope Baggy doesn't get jealous!!

  • JJ
    December 18, 2012 - 15:59

    This is a wonderful idea! Great thinking, Wayne! I think I would rather Gilbert Clements Drive over Gilbert's Way. Tourists would think "Gilbert's Way" has a connection to Anne. Gilbert Clements Drive would be most appropriate.

  • JohnG
    December 18, 2012 - 14:42

    If you start there where do you stop. I wouldn't want my street in Charlottetown named after any politician. You have to update your address for months and months. Rename a park or a building but leave the homeowners alone.

  • cmb
    December 18, 2012 - 14:32

    Nice idea Spin! Maybe someday they will honor you by changing all the names of the rotaries to SPINNERS CIRCLES!lol Merry Christmas Wayne! spinners

  • Suggestion for street
    December 18, 2012 - 13:31

    Suggestion - name the street he lived on for many, many years after him!.

    • mej
      December 18, 2012 - 15:51

      Perhaps you missed the point of the story....that is exactly what they are proposing to do!!!