Ashtabula mulls street name change

ByG.O. Community Development Corporation

Ashtabula mulls street name change

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ASHTABULA — Some city residents are asking city council to rename Station Avenue after the late Mae Salters.Salters, 61, died Nov. 6 at Ashtabula County Medical Center.She was a founder of Ghana Outreach Ministries and GO Community Development Corp., she established a soup kitchen and food pantry at their facility, as well as organized the annual Thanksgiving dinner and Christmas party for the needy.City Manager Jim Timonere informed the council that the request came from many people who use the facility.Salters and her husband, Bishop John Salters, are respected in the community and have done great things for the city’s residents, Timonere said.Council Vice President Chris McClure said Salters will long be remembered for her giving nature, but renaming a long and highly populated street is tough.“It’s not easy to rename a street,” he said. “There are a lot of addresses.”In addition to the many houses on Station Avenue, its also the site of an apartment complex and the city’s homeless shelter, The Samaritan House.After some discussion, the council decided to suggest renaming the building that houses G.O. Ministries — the old Thurgood Marshall Elementary School on Station  Ave.Council President J.P. Ducro IV said he was thinking of something like “The Mae Salters Community Center.”Council decided to present that idea to Salters’ supporters.

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