William Lotz Sr. pointed behind him.
"See that tree line back there?" he asked.
"My grandfather's property line ran right across there. I used to ride my bike all around Route 665 and visit my grandparents all the time, until I got in trouble and my grandmother would send me home," he said, chuckling at the memories.
The boy would never have imagined that someday, the roadway located west of the land his grandfather owned would bear his name.
Gateway West Drive at state Route 665 in Grove City was officially renamed Bill Lotz Way Sept. 12 in a ceremony attended by representatives of the three entities Lotz worked with during more than three decades of public service.
Given all that Lotz and his family have meant to the community, "I'm surprised we don't rename all our streets this way," Grove City Mayor Ike Stage said during the ceremony.
The road's renaming honors Lotz for his 24 years as a Grove City employee, including service as the city's chief building inspector; 12 years as a Jackson Township trustee and more than 20 years serving on the Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio's board of trustees.
"Those three entities were the best places to work for anywhere," Lotz said. "I had the chance to work with so many wonderful people at Grove City, Jackson Township and SWACO. I enjoyed it every single day."
The street renaming "is quite an honor," he said.
"It's the highlight of my career" and a capstone to his life in public service, Lotz said.
He is most proud of the things he helped build, he said.
"My dad and I were building contractors and we built the big shelter house at Windsor Park," Lotz said. "We built other shelter houses and moved an old hog barn down to Hoover Road near the township offices when the township asked us."
Two years ago, Lotz helped supervise the construction of the handicap-accessible restrooms at the Dream Field.
"Those are the things that give me the most pride, because they are things that last. They're your legacy," he said.
Lotz's legacy is also in his public service, said Kenneth Wilson, chairman of SWACO's board.
"Bill's commitment to making this community better has never wavered," Wilson said. "He's a tireless community advocate."
Lotz brought a wealth of experience and knowledge to the township board of trustees and the SWACO board, said township trustee Stephen Bowshier, who served with Lotz on both boards.
"Bill's never shied away from public duty and public service," Bowshier said. "I don't think the township has ever worked more closely with the city, SWACO and the county then when Bill was chairman of the board of trustees."