Next Wednesday the Homer Advisory Planning Commission holds a public hearing on how to connect Waddell Way from Lake Street to Heath Street. Should it be at Grubstake Avenue or Bonanza Avenue? Buried in the discussion is another question: What to call the street?
Homer already has two roads named after the Waddell family, Waddell Street and Waddell Loop. Lest the medics or firefighters get confused in case of an emergency, the city can’t have another Waddell-named street, so it needs a new moniker. The Homer City Council years ago changed the code so it has final authority on naming. The council gets to decide important, controversial stuff so that if we don’t like it we can fire them from their cushy $150-a-month jobs.
There’s been a lot of talk in city government about declining revenues and budget gaps and stuff like that. Hmm. Name a street? Raise money? Wait — the city could auction off naming rights! Just like a big corporation that funds a new stadium gets its name on the Megahuge Petroleum Superduper Dome, so could someone pay to name the street.
Sure, in the old days Homer’s pioneers got streets named after them the hard way: they built them. Well, except for Homer Pennock. He didn’t really do anything except land here with a bunch of other gold diggers, but being a popular guy he got a town named after him — a street, too. It’s a good name, with a good back story, as long as people don’t make Homer Simpson jokes. Doh!
How high could the bidding go for street naming rights? Would the city get more library books or would we get into serious money like a new police cruiser? You’d only find out by trying.
You won’t have to try hard to find fun things to do this weekend, because as summer rolls merrily along, there’s lots to do, like these Best Bets:
BEST MAKE IT SO BET: The brand-new Homer Harbor Office building looks like something out of “Tomorrowland” or maybe Star Trek. See the new digs in an open house at 5 p.m. today at the new office location on the north side of the harbor.
BEST HOWLING GOOD TUNES BET: Homer has produced some mighty fine musicians over the years. Some of them have come home to share their skills with the next generation at the Homer Council on the Arts ARTSCamp. At 7 p.m. today the camp counselors perform. Listen to Andrew Vait and members of the Animal Eyes band: Tyler Langham, Colin McCarthy and Haven Multz.
BEST CLEAN SWEEP BET: Bayview Park is one of Homer’s little neighborhood gems, a sweet little playground at the top of Main Street with an awesome view of Kachemak Bay. Help spiff it up at a work party from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday.
BEST READ ON BET: You don’t have to attend the Kachemak Bay Writers’ Conference to hear the keynote speaker, Andre Dubus III, and faculty. Dubus speaks and signs books at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Mariner Theatre. Faculty also read at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Alice’s Champagne Palace and at 7:30 p.m. Monday at Land’s End Resort.