DAYTON, Nev. (News 4 & Fox 11) — Commissioners in a rural Nevada county moved to start the process of changing the name of a road to 'Pres. Trump Way.'
Lyon County commissioners voted 4-1 on Thursday in favor of renaming the half-mile Old Dayton Valley Road in Dayton.
Commissioner Ken Gray told News 4-Fox 11 he asked for county staff to bring forward the agenda item after he was approached by a constituent who wanted to change the name.
Gray said he chose Old Dayton Valley Road because no residents live on the street. Just a handful of government buildings have 'Old Dayton Valley Road' addresses, so the name change would be easier logistically, Gray said.
If the change were to be finalized, the Dayton senior center, library and Dayton High School would all be given a new 'Pres. Trump Way' address, county manager Jeff Page said.
The proposed road name change shouldn't be controversial, Gray said, because governments often rename roads and buildings after leaders and community advocates.
"He was a good leader as far as I'm concerned, he supported law enforcement, he supported our military, he supported the rurals," he said.
Show me one street or building or bridge that wasn't named after somebody that had controversy associated with them.
Former President Trump carried deep red Lyon County by a 41-point margin in the 2020 election.
Gray, a Republican, said it's 'routine business' to name roads after leaders, so we asked him if he would be supportive of renaming a street 'President Obama Way.'
"If it was brought up from the community, I would entertain the idea, absolutely."
County staff are now drafting plans to change the name, a move that would still have to be approved by the planning commission before being finalized.