The Dundalk veterinarian who was a former owner of the property and racetrack where the Carriage House subdivision will be built is being remembered.
“Doc Lougheed Avenue” was approved as a name along with others in the Flato subdivision on Glenelg Street on Sept. 16.
Dr. Vern Lougheed, long-serving Dundalk vet, owned horses and was very involved in harness racing, an interest passed down to other generations: son, Doug, grandson John Lougheed and great-grandson Curtis Lougheed.
That street name is a departure from the others adopted, which tend to be surnames of former municipal politicians.
Other names in Phase One of the subdivision are: Aitchison Avenue, Corbet Street, Fennel Street, MacKenzie Street, and Middleton Avenue.
Selecting the street names took much more time than expected, CAO Dave Milliner explained, because Grey County doesn’t allow any additional new street name to duplicate another anywhere in the county, be it a street, avenue or court.
The CAO said the county wants to avoid any time-wasting confusion for emergency services when responding to 911 calls.
So Southgate’s original list of names had to be revised. Now staff have compiled a list for future use, noting which of the former municipal leaders’ last names are available for use and which are taken.
There is also freedom in the local Southgate naming policy to name a street after another notable community member, veteran or to mark history or heritage.
Dr. Vern Lougheed opened his practice in Dundalk in 1941 and later sold it to Dr. Williams in 1953. By 1960, he was again practising in the area, and retired at the end of 1986.
The county policy does allow the same name to be re-used for a bridge or a park. Dundalk has a Norman Jack Park, for example, but cannot have a Jack Street as the name exists elsewhere, despite having had multiple heads of council who bore that last name.
The rules are not retroactive, so all of Grey County’s Main Streets, Mill Streets and Victoria and Albert Streets are safe for now.
M.T. Fernandes, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Dundalk Herald