OGDEN – After agreeing to review a failed petition to give 2nd Street an honorary name last week, Ogden City Council is developing a formal communications plan for what has become a complicated issue at town hall.
Deputy council director Glenn Symes said part of city council’s “rules and standards” states that whenever an article is extended, as was the case with the 2nd Street issue, a plan to communication is prepared for further consideration and examination of the article. Symes said the plan and the petition will be discussed at the council’s June 15 working session. The working sessions are open to the public and are streamed live on the Ogden City Council Facebook page.
The honorary designation of 2nd Street from Wall Avenue to Century Drive has become a hot topic in the city.
On May 25, nearly a year after Ogden resident Anna Keogh first petitioned for the honorary name and after changing her original proposal, the council voted 3-3 on a measure who would have named the section of the street “Bingham Fort-Chief Little Soldier Lane.” Board members Hyer, Bart Blair and Doug Stephens voted in favor of the measure, while Angela Choberka, Marcia White and Luis Lopez voted against. Council member Ben Nadolski was not present for the vote.
Keogh’s initial proposal was to name the street âBingham Fort Laneâ. In the mid-1800s, the entire area near 2nd Street west of Wall Avenue was used as a fort by members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The fort was a staging area for around 600 early settlers and was the largest fort in the Weber County area. This proposal was rejected by the Ogden Diversity Commission and by some members of the board. Critics have focused on the lack of inclusion of a Native American element in the name and what some have described as the potentially troublesome use of the word “strong.”
The Northwestern Shoshone tribe were known to inhabit the area near present-day 2nd Street and Wall Avenue, and some members of the public felt the 1800s white settler forts to the west were indicative of a troubled history. and often violent between Native Americans and early European settlers.
After the tied-vote petition failed, Council member Rich Hyer brought forward a motion to reconsider the issue, believing it deserved at least a seven-person vote, not a tie. Another motion was presented to extend the item to âan uncertain dateâ.
Keogh has since indicated that she plans to change her honorary name proposal further, simply calling the 2nd Street section âChief Little Soldier Way,â to honor Chief Shoshone who had ties to the area.
âThere is a potential name amendment,â said Syme. “With that, (the board) can talk about what (they) want to see in regards to a review, if (they) want to get feedback from other groups, from the diversity committee, from other staff. “
Syme said he was also due to provide an update to the Diversity Committee at the organization’s meeting on Wednesday afternoon.