Plan To Name Street After Vernon Baker Hits Snag - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Plan To Name Street After Vernon Baker Hits Snag

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho (AP) - Plans to name a street after Medal of Honor recipient Vernon Baker have hit a snag in northern Idaho, where the decorated World War II veteran spent his final days.

Kootenai County commissioners were poised Monday to christen the road as Vernon J. Baker Boulevard, but decided they needed more time to hammer out the details.

A Hayden man proposed the plan to name a new frontage road after Baker, who was 90 when he died in July.

Commissioners have since learned the road is an extension of a city street in Hayden, and they only have authority to name the newly completed road section found on unincorporated county land.

Commissioner Rick Currie says the entire road should bear Baker's name, but 75 percent of property owners along the Hayden street would have to approve the change before it goes to the city council for consideration.
      

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