Mike McCarthy

Give me my damn street!

Green Bay Packers coach [intlink id=”67″ type=”category”]Mike McCarthy[/intlink] is only the third Super Bowl winning coach in franchise history.

The first two — [intlink id=”465″ type=”category”]Vince Lombardi[/intlink] and [intlink id=”180″ type=”category”]Mike Holmgren[/intlink] — have streets named after them in [intlink id=”63″ type=”category”]Green Bay[/intlink], Lombardi Ave. and Holmgren Way. It would make sense for the city to name a street after McCarthy and the discussion surrounding that possibility has resulted in quite a bit of political posturing.

Green Bay mayor Jim Schmitt proposed the idea, but some aldermen oppose the project, saying it will be too expensive. One of those aldermen is Chris Wery, who’s also running for mayor against Schmitt.

“I will fervently oppose any attempt to change residential streets in my district,” he said.

Wery and some other aldermen say renaming the street will have to be done at the cost of primary city services, even though no cost estimates have been released.

The street signs themselves cost $50 each.

Now, a local law firm — Metzler, Timm, Treleven, Pahl, Beck S.C. — is ready to pony up $5,000 for the project, which should make all this nonsense about renaming a street go away.

Ashland Avenue, Ridge Road and a smaller downtown street near the City Deck attraction are reportedly under consideration to become McCarthy’s Way. The City Council will need to approve the project.

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