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Roads Among Topics Discussed at Miami City Council Retreat

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Road conditions in Miami was one of many topics discussed by it's city council today in a special two day retreat at NEO College. 

Two days were set aside to discuss issuesand to get updates on all city departments. They might not be spending thisretreat at Grand Lake, or in Tulsa, but Miami's City Council members are takingthe time at NEO to play a little catch up.

"It's an opportunity to be able to connect the dots between the differentissues and see the relationships between them," said Miami City Manager Jeff Bishop.

In particular, Bishop says Miami'sroads came up three different times on the agenda. From congested areas of town, roadconditions, and the possibility of renaming, or duel naming, streets after famous Miamians, Oklahomans, or Americans.

"Like a street may still be a street, but it may also be Amelia Earhart Blvd, or Martin Luther King Blvd, or John Adam's Blvd," Bishop said.

Not everyone in the Council was sold at renaming city streets, they did suggest memorial plaques ormemorial benches on walking trails as a possible alternative. Which led us to wonder what Miamiresidents thought about the idea of honoring heroes by renaming their streets, and we discovered thereactions were mixed.

 "Well I think it would be cool, for them to honor people who went overthere and fought for our country," said Ottawa County resident Cathy Hanks. 

"I really don't have an opinion one way or the other," said Miami resident Craig Wright.

"It'd be a good way to honor them, and I thinkeverybody that serves for us to have our freedom, deserves to haverecognition," said Miami resident Suzanne Burnside.

For now the Council has tabled thestreet naming proposal, and is looking more into other alternatives. But Bishopsays the main reason for this meeting wasn't to take votes, but more to come upwith plans and goals for the future.

"This is more to set the framework, we have workshops that are scheduledthroughout the year, and each one of these subjects that we talk about, we'llprobably bring back for one of those workshops," Bishop said. 

Bishop says he plans on making the retreats and annual, or even bi-annual event in Miami. 

For a full is of the Miami City Council's Special Session Agenda click here.

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