Hudson -- None of the Council members opposed putting up an honorary sign for a nearly 110-year-old resident, but they could not agree on when to remove the sign.
Assistant City Manager Scott Schroyer Aug. 27 showed a sample sign that could be used for honorary street signs. The brown and white sign would have "honorary" at the top and the person's name on the sign.
Council members are considering a resolution Sept. 4 to designate "Ada Cooper Miller Street" and place a sign on Franklin Street at the intersection of Aurora Street where she lived for 100 years.
The resolution recognizes Ada Cooper Miller's many contributions to the community.
Cooper Miller was born in England on Dec. 12, 1903, moved with her family to Hudson three months later and has lived in Hudson since that time, a total of one hundred nine and one-half years.
Cooper Miller worked for the family business, Cooper Florist, and supplied floral arrangements for Christ Church Episcopal, the Western Reserve Academy Chapel, and hundreds of Hudson weddings and proms for approximately 75 years.
In 1938, she was elected to the Hudson School Board and served for 40 years, including her service as President from 1954 until 1978.
Cooper Miller has served as a volunteer for most of her life and has been an active member of local organizations, including the Garden Club, Hudson Women's Club, Blossom Women of Hudson, Senior Citizens Club, and Episcopal Church Women of Hudson Christ Church Episcopal.
"She has lived her whole life in Hudson and was actively involved in the community since she was a young adult," said Council President David Basil. "She was a volunteer involved in every organization in town."
Council member William Wooldredge said some residents objected to a street name change. Council is working on establishing guidelines for street name changes, which will include guidelines for honorary street name changes.
"I don't see any objection to an honorary street name," Wooldredge said.
Council member Dennis Hanink wanted to look at sunsetting of the honorary names.
Others agreed that the honorary street sign would be for a certain period of time and then turn the sign over to the person or family.
City Manager Anthony Bales said the resolution would have to be amended to limit the time the sign would be posted. A time period was not decided on by Council at the Aug. 27 workshop meeting.
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