Stretch of 19 Mile memorialized in former mayor’s honor

By: Eric Czarnik | Sterling Heights Sentry | Published June 17, 2015

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The legacy of former Mayor Richard Notte will continue to live on in the city that he served for about three decades, thanks in part to a new road sign.

The Sterling Heights City Council attended a June 2 dedication ceremony on 19 Mile Road, near Rhineland Drive, to officially unveil a Richard J. Notte Boulevard sign to commemorate Notte’s legacy. According to city officials, the boundaries for the newly marked boulevard are Ryan Road and Mound Road.

At a June 2 City Council meeting, Councilman Joseph Romano described Notte as “my friend and mentor.”

“It’s a beautiful plaque,” Romano said. “It’s right there on the boulevard. All of the council was there this evening. If you have an opportunity to take a look at it, it just honors his memory, and we all miss him a lot.”

Notte, who died last October at age 76 after a fight with pancreatic cancer, had been mayor of Sterling Heights for almost 21 years and had been a city councilman for an additional 10 years.

According to an emailed statement from Sterling Heights Public Works Director Sal Conigliaro, 19 Mile is a city road, and no approval is needed from the Macomb County Department of Roads for any work on it.

Conigliaro was asked whether outside mapmakers like Google will be informed about the change.

“The sign is honorary. The official name remains 19 Mile Road,” he said. “Because of the honorary designation, no notification is required to other entities.”

Macomb County Director of Roads Bob Hoepfner confirmed that the road’s dedication sign is within the city’s domain, and he said he didn’t know any details about the decision to memorialize a road segment in Notte’s honor.

“Sterling Heights can do whatever they want,” Hoepfner said.

The move to name a boulevard after Notte was preceded last fall by the council’s decision to also name the Sterling Heights City Center area after the late mayor.

Learn more about Sterling Heights by visiting www.sterling-heights.net or by calling (586) 446-2489.

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