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New road names in Tottenham named for veterans, Oliver added in Alliston

Posted February 11, 2014

The planned subdivision south of Mill Street in Tottenham, which has had street names assigned to its original six road network since draft plan approval in 2008, was reconfigured after an ownership change, and now will boast 10 roads that required four more names.

The new names ratified last night by council include McGovern Street; Prady Lane; Schwalm Crescent; and Williamson Drive. The other names are Proctor Gate; Turner Drive; Sharpe Crescent; Weaver Terrace; McCabe Lane; and Walls Crescent.

New Tecumseth's street naming policy is to select from the list provided by the local Legions with highest priority assigned to those who were killed in the service to their country. A poppy emblem is affixed to those street signs, as they will in this subdivision.

"The names proposed for the four additional streets of the new street network were chosen for consideration from the adopted Town's list of approved veteran's street names for Tottenham," according to the staff report to council. "All the names that are proposed, including those previously adopted in 2008, are those of war veterans who have paid the supreme sacrifice in either World War I or War II."

With the addition of four names, the list of veterans for Tottenham has been exhausted, and all the names allocated. There are no new streets coming on line "in the near future."

Ward 5 councillor Donna Jebb has also requested "the heritage committee get some names of pioneer family farms for future names of streets when we deplete the ones who gave the ultimate sacrifice. This is the international year of the family farm," she told Free Press Online.

"Staff will, however, continue efforts to replenish the list of available names for new streets that may be proposed in the future and contact the local branches of the Royal Canadian Legion for names of veterans who may not have been previously been included but fit the criteria of the street naming policy."

The Town has also expanded the naming policy to include names of citizens who've made significant contributions to the community during their life time. Last night, council ratified such an inclusion in Alliston by adding Herbert Oliver to that list.

Herbert Oliver has been a resident, business owner (Oliver Fuels) and active community member in ... Alliston and the Town of New Tecumseth since the early 1950s. He has served on Town council, and various council committees in 1962 and 1963... He has been long time active member of the local community in charity and service organizations such as Alliston's Seven Star Masonic Lodge, Alliston Rotary Club where he received 2009 Citizen of the Year..

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