Suggested name change to 1st Street Square proposed

By LARRY C. BOWERS
Posted 11/26/17

The holiday season tends to be slow for the involvements of city and county governments. This seems to be the trend for Monday's Cleveland City Council session.There is only one presentation …

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Suggested name change to 1st Street Square proposed

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The holiday season tends to be slow for the involvements of city and county governments. This seems to be the trend for Monday's Cleveland City Council session.

There is only one presentation scheduled for the 1 p.m. work session, with Bradley County Veterans Affairs Officer Joe Davis scheduled to visit.

Davis reportedly plans to approach the Council concerning the possibility of a new name for the city's square on First Street.

Several veterans, and veteran organizations, have suggested that First Street Square be named for the city's namesake, Col. Benjamin Cleveland.

Cleveland was a soldier in the Revolutionary War, and later served in the North Carolina House of Commons and the North Carolina Senate.

He played a key role in the Battle of Kings Mountain, summoning Wilkes County militiamen to face the British forces. His horse was shot from under him, and he confiscated a white stallion from his British foe who was killed, and rode it home to his estate called "Roundabout."

Cleveland County, N.C., and our city are named in his honor, Tennessee making that recognition back in 1842.

He died in Oconee County, S.C., in 1806 and a monument to him stands on private property along U.S. Route 123.

He was buried a mile away, and a dedication marker reads, "Colonel in the Revolution, Whig leader in the battle of Kings Mountain, and a state legislator. His home was on 'The Round About,' about one mile Southwest."

There are no other items on Monday's work session agenda, but Council members will have the opportunity to provide reports from their respective districts, or from the city at large.

There are four items on the consent agenda for the 3 p.m. voting session. They include:

• Final passage of an ordinance for the abandonment of a portion of unopened right-of-way located between East Street N.E. and Lang Street N.E.;

• A resolution authorizing Mayor Tom Rowland to sign an agreement with Terra Running Company for the 2018 Cleveland Recycle 5K;

• A declaration on surplus property to be sold on Govdeals.com for the Parks and Recreation Department; and

• Consideration of a recommendation for Karen Patterson at 138 Emmyllie Court N.E., for the installation by Cleveland Utilities of two 60-watt underground-fed string street lights.


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