The grandson of T.O. Ebright has petitioned city officials to name a local street after the former Pickerington mayor.

The grandson of T.O. Ebright has petitioned city officials to name a local street after the former Pickerington mayor.

Columbus resident Ron Ebright asked Pickerington City Council's safety and community affairs committee on June 22 to consider renaming Town Square Drive after his grandfather, T.O. Ebright, who was the city's mayor from 1930 to 1950. Town Square Drive was constructed near the now-deceased mayor's home.

"My grandfather was mayor for 21 years," Ron Ebright said. "He has no recognition."

According to the city's website, T.O. Ebright is credited with being part of the push to bring a fire department to the Pickerington-Violet Township area.

On Feb. 27, 1934, the then-mayor formally established what now is the Violet Township Fire Department, and he was made the department's first fire chief, the website states.

Ron Ebright said his grandfather also made the move to bring telephone services to Pickerington, and was always available to answer citizens' and the village's needs.

Among the duties the elder Ebright took it upon himself to address, his grandson said, were ensuring local street lamps were fixed with working bulbs and helping a local post mistress retrieve a cat from a tree at her home.

"I never will forget that," Ron Ebright said of the feline rescue.

According to Ron Ebright, T.O. Ebright died in 1958. His daughter-in-law still lives in Pickerington. The former mayor is also survived by nine children and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

"I think (Town Square Drive) would be a fitting spot to recognize my grandfather," Ron Ebright said. "Even when he wasn't the mayor, he still was the mayor to everybody."

City manager Bill Vance said Ron Ebright's request is "a very valid one," and said he would direct his staff to do more research about the possibility of renaming Town Square Drive, or some other city street or landmark, for the former mayor.

CSCA committee member Jeff Fix said renaming a local street would be "fitting," and committee chairwoman Cristie Hammond said she supports the move as long as it doesn't present a problem with the U.S. Post Office and as long as city policies are followed.

"If it's not a road, maybe we can do something," Hammond said.

Last June, council adopted a formal policy for naming and renaming local streets, as well as establishing honorary street designations.

Under that ordinance which also established guidelines for selling the naming rights to city parks, buildings and other facilities and lands requests from those who aren't city staff members to rename streets can be made to the city manager, who then makes a recommendation to city council.

City staff members or officials also can initiate an official street renaming "when needed to improve the emergency service delivery for the residents/businesses of Pickerington," the ordinance says.

In both cases, council determines if a street should be renamed.