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  Item # 4.       
Meeting Date: 05/19/2016  
Requested by: Chris Cornelison Submitted By: Chris Cornelison, Town Manager's Office
Department: Town Manager's Office  

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SUBJECT:
DISCUSSION AND POSSIBLE ACTION REGARDING SUGGESTIONS RECOGNIZING BILL ADLER
RECOMMENDATION:
Town staff has received several suggestions or comments from the community, Mr. Adler's family, Historic Preservation Commission and Town Council regarding potential ways to remember Mr. Bill Adler. Based on these comments and the efforts of actions taken by other community groups, the following is recommended for Council's consideration:
  • Install a plaque at Steam Pump Ranch with a dedication inscription
  • Place a memorial dedication within the Town's general plan document, Your Voice, Our Future
  • Rename Historic Preservation Commission's educational program as the William Adler Educational Outreach Program
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY:
Town staff solicited via media release a call to the community for suggestions or comments regarding potential memorial ideas for Bill Adler. After taking into consideration efforts already being done by other community members, and comments made by the community, Mr. Adler's family and Town Council, staff is recommending the following actions for Town Council's consideration:
  • Placement of a memorial dedication within the Town’s general plan document, Your Voice, Our Future
  • Installation of a plaque at Steam Pump Ranch with a dedication inscription
  • Historic Preservation Commission's suggestion to rename its educational program as the “William Adler Educational Outreach Program”
The Historic Preservation Commission also suggested renaming a room at Town Hall after Mr. Adler; however, since the Library is planning to rename one if its rooms after Mr. Adler, staff believes that having potentially two different rooms with similar names would be too confusing for patrons and staff.
BACKGROUND OR DETAILED INFORMATION:
At the February 1, 2016 Town Council meeting, Town Council briefly discussed and gave direction to staff to accept and compile memorial suggestions from the community. Staff has solicited feedback and has compiled a list of ideas or suggestions which are attached to this communication.

The recommended suggestions regarding Bill Adler memorial ideas are based upon feedback from Mr. Adler’s family, the community and Town Council. Below is a list of actions either being taken or actions suggested for Town Council’s consideration. The actionable items, such as the Historic Preservation Commission’s suggestion for renaming its educational program, placing a plaque at Steam Pump Ranch and including a dedication insert within the Your Voice, Our Future, are included in the suggested motion.
 
The following bulleted list includes ideas that either have been implemented, are in the process or are suggested for Town Council’s consideration: 
  • Friends of the Library will present to the Pima County Public Library Board in order to request that the large conference room at the Oro Valley Library be named after Bill Adler
  • Greater Oro Valley Chamber of Commerce and a resident have both adopted First Avenue as part of the Adopt-A-Roadway program – 2 signs have been placed along the sides of the road: 1 sign states “Honoring Bill Adler - an exceptional Oro Valley Citizen” and the other sign stating “The Greater Oro Valley Chamber of Commerce - In memory of Bill & Ann Adler”
  • Canyon del Oro High School student, Jenna Hurst, painted a portrait of Bill Adler as part of the Creative Connections program that the Town has partnered with the Southern Arizona Arts and Culture Alliance. This portrait is being exhibited in the Town Council Chambers and will be given as a gift to the Adler family
  • Historic Preservation Commission suggests renaming an educational program as the “William Adler Educational Outreach Program”
  • Placing a memorial dedication within the Town’s general plan document, Your Voice, Our Future
  • Installing a plaque at Steam Pump Ranch with a dedication inscription 
The Historic Preservation Commission also suggested renaming a room at Town Hall after Mr. Adler; however, since the Library is planning to rename one if its rooms after Mr. Adler, staff believes that having potentially two different rooms in Town-owned facilities with similar names would be too confusing for patrons and staff.

The Friends of the Library also inquired about renaming the Library after Bill Adler; however, they were informed that Pima County libraries are typically named after significant councilmembers, mayors, county supervisors or large donors.
FISCAL IMPACT:
Should Town Council approve the idea of installing a dedication plaque at Steam Pump Ranch, the cost would be approximately $2,000; however, this amount is contingent on the size and type of plaque installed. The other suggested ideas are not expected to have significant financial costs.
SUGGESTED MOTION:
I MOVE to approve the following suggested ideas for staff to implement:
  • Install a plaque at Steam Pump Ranch with a dedication inscription
  • Place a memorial dedication within the Town's general plan document, Your Voice, Our Future
  • Rename Historic Preservation Commission's educational program as the William Adler Educational Outreach Program
OR

I MOVE to...
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Bill Adler Community Suggestions


    

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