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File #: 220511    Version: 0
Type: Ordinance Status: Passed
File created: 7/28/2022 In control: COMMON COUNCIL
On agenda: Final action: 11/22/2022
Effective date: 12/13/2022    
Title: An ordinance renaming North 5th Street, from West Capitol Drive to West Walnut Street, Dr. William Finlayson Street.
Sponsors: ALD. COGGS, ALD. STAMPER, ALD. BAUMAN, ALD. BORKOWSKI, ALD. PEREZ, ALD. RAINEY, ALD. DODD, ALD. SPIKER, ALD. DIMITRIJEVIC, ALD. ZAMARRIPA, ALD. BROSTOFF, ALD. CHAMBERS JR., ALD. MURPHY
Indexes: STREET NAMES
Attachments: 1. Letter in Support A, 2. Letter in Support B, 3. Biography, 4. Petitions (Signatures), 5. Request from Ald. Dodd and Rainey, 6. OCA Approval, 7. Notice published 12-12-22
Date Ver.Action ByActionResultTallyAction DetailsMeeting DetailsVideo
12/12/20220 CITY CLERK PUBLISHED   Action details Meeting details Not available
12/2/20220 MAYOR SIGNED   Action details Meeting details Not available
11/22/20220 COMMON COUNCIL PASSED

Minutes note: Ald. Stamper moved to enter into the committee of the whole to take testimony. There was no objection. Dr. William Finlayson was recognized and accompanied by Ald. Stamper, Ald. Coggs, friends and family. Ald. Coggs moved that the committee of the whole rise. There was no objection. A separate action vote was taken. There was unanimous consent to add all Council members as cosponsors.
Pass12:0 Action details Meeting details Not available
11/10/20220 PUBLIC WORKS COMMITTEE RECOMMENDED FOR PASSAGE

Minutes note: Ald. Coggs was present along with the following supporters who also offered their testimony: Reggie Finlayson, Pastor Raymond Monk, Mr. Marvin Pratt, Dr. Ricky Price Sr., Andre Ash, Terrell Freeman and Ald. Sheila M. Finlayson. Ald. Borkowski moved to add the committee members as co-sponsors. There were no objections. Ald. Stamper moved to adopt the petitions and biography of Dr. Finlayson as part of the record. There were no objections.
Pass4:0 Action details Meeting details Video Video
7/28/20220 COMMON COUNCIL ASSIGNED TO   Action details Meeting details Not available
Number
220511
Version
ORIGINAL
Reference
201409
Sponsor
ALD. COGGS AND STAMPER
Title
An ordinance renaming North 5th Street, from West Capitol Drive to West Walnut Street, Dr. William Finlayson Street.
Analysis
This ordinance renames North 5th Street, from West Capitol Drive to West Walnut Street, Dr. William Finlayson Street.

Body
Whereas, Dr. William Finlayson is a beloved obstetrician and gynecologist based in Milwaukee; and

Whereas, Dr. Finlayson served as 1st Lieutenant in the United States Army from 1943 through 1946 and then served in the Army Reserves from 1946 to 1953; and

Whereas, Dr. Finlayson attended Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia, where he befriended civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr; and

Whereas, Dr. Finlayson received an M.D. from Meharry Medical College in 1953 and completed his residency at the University of Minnesota in 1958; and

Whereas, Dr. Finlayson was admitted as the first Black doctor at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Mount Sinai and established his own private practice where he worked for 40 years; and

Whereas, Dr. Finlayson opened Milwaukee’s first Black-owned bank, North Milwaukee State Bank, due to the number of African-Americans being denied loans from other banks; and

Whereas, Dr. Finlayson served as president of the Milwaukee Gynecological Society and his local YMCA board, is a lifetime member of the NAACP, a member of the Urban League, and also served on the Southeastern Wisconsin Health System Agency’s board of directors; and

Whereas, In April 2021, the Common Council adopted File Number 201409, which allows the regular procedure for naming or renaming public streets, buildings, and other facilities to be suspended whenever four-fifths of the Common Council members vote to name or rename a particular public street, building, or other facility; and

Whereas, The Common Council and relevant City departments welcome discussing with residents and affected business owners a workable timeline to im...

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