Outgoing Creighton University President John Schlegel’s name will adorn a city street by this time next week.
The Omaha City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved a resolution to put up a commemorative street sign honoring Schlegel, a 67-year-old Jesuit priest. The sign will be posted on Florence Boulevard between Cass and Cuming Streets.
The sign, which will read, “Schlegel Way,” is scheduled to go up next Tuesday.
Schlegel, at the helm of Creighton for 11 years and the university’s 23rd president, retires this summer. The Rev. Timothy Lannon takes over as president on July 1.
Most of Omaha’s commemorative streets are named for local figures or people with Nebraska ties. A brown commemorative sign is placed under the street sign and does not change the official street name.
Creighton officials nominated Schlegel for the honor.
The council also unanimously approved a plan to improve Kelly Softball Complex near 123rd and Fort Streets. Under the measure, the city will pay nearly $74,000 on materials and labor to repair the park’s roadway, parking area, sidewalks, curb ramps and for other work.
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