COUNCIL SETS VOTE ON RESOLUTION FOR COBAIN BRIDGE RENAMING
The public will have the chance to sound off on the proposal to rename the Young Street Bridge in honor of the late Kurt Cobain. While a public hearing will not be held on the resolution during the July 27th City Council Meeting at City Hall, Public Works Committee Chair Tim Alstrom says the public comment section of the meeting will be open for that discussion.
The proposal would rename the bridge over the Wishkah River in honor of the former Nirvana frontman and would officially dub the small park next to the bridge the Cobain Landing. While Councilwoman Cathy Hoder supports honoring the Aberdeen native, she says another step might be more appropriate and necessary. “I think our problem seems to lie in signage. I could see putting up signs that say where the bridge is at,” says the fourth ward councilwoman, who added, “He’s from here, we need to honor him”.
However not all the council were as supportive. Councilwoman Alice Phelps says she expects negative comments to come from the proposal to rename the bridge. Up until now, the City of Aberdeen has been slow to memorialize Cobain due to his suicide, drug use and negative comments about his hometown.