CLINTON — The Clinton City Council on Tuesday night decided it will not move forward on the renaming of Riverview Drive.

The council at its committee of the whole meeting was presented with a request from Ward 1 Councilman Bob Soesbe to rename the road Veterans Memorial Drive.

He said he would not propose changing the name of Riverview Park, which is adjacent to the roadway, and that it would be nice to rename the road based on the veterans memorial at the foot of Fifth Avenue South.

But the idea was met with resistance from other council members. Ward 3 Councilman Darrell Smith said he wanted a public hearing for people to give input.

At-large Councilman Mark Vulich said the Downtown Partnership and chamber of commerce members are concerned because Clinton has used the slogan “Things to do With a River View” in its marketing campaign. Taking the word “river” out of the road’s name would hurt tourism marketing efforts, he said.

He suggested either using the veterans moniker as an honorary name or renaming Fifth Avenue South from First Street to the memorial in honor of the veterans.

Julie Allesee, director of the Clinton Convention and Visitors Bureau and interim president of the Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce, said a new city map has just been completed and that the timing of this request is not good.

At-large Councilman Ron Mallicoat said he opposes taking the name off something and replacing it with a new name. But he said renaming the Fifth Avenue South portion to First Street is a good idea.

“It’s the thought that counts,” he said.

But Soesbe said the small piece of road is adjacent to a garden named for Jack Dermody, the Clinton Herald’s late publisher.

“I think they deserve something better than Jack Dermody’s garden,” he said.

Soesbe decided to withdraw his request to rename the road.

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