ASHWAUBENON - Mike McCarthy could soon have his own street near Lambeau Field, but first his team needs to agree to help with the cost of the change.
The Ashwaubenon Village Board voted to change part of Potts Avenue to Mike McCarthy Way. However, it’s contingent on the Packers kicking in money to help businesses make the transition.
Of the businesses on Potts Avenue, only one showed up to Ashwaubenon's Village Board meeting to voice concerns about the street changing names.
“I've never liked Potts Avenue, I'll be honest, but changing it to Mike McCarthy isn't going to give me a fuzzy feeling either,” said Lori Glodoski, the owner of Soap Products Co.
Lori and Tim Glodoski own Soap Products Co. It has been on Potts Avenue for more than 50 years. The Glodoskis say a change to Mike McCarthy Way would cost them about $10,000.
“I don't think it's going to help our business,” said Lori Glodoski. “I don't think it's going to hurt our business changing the name other than its going to cost us a lot of money.”
The effort to name a street after McCarthy started after the Packers Super Bowl 45 victory three years ago.
Ashwaubenon Village President Mike Aubinger says the Packers told him they are willing to help.
“That is not our intent to make it miserable for the property owners involved, so we don't want to do that either,” said Aubinger. “What we want to do is try to find a balance here that we can do.”
Aubinger says the Packers are willing to negotiate covering businesses' cost of changing letterheads, business cards, and labels from Potts to McCarthy.
“I'm willing to work to get this worked out and then change the name,” said Aubinger.
The board supported the name change, contingent on the Packeres' help, as well as an 8 to 12 month phase in period.
The Glodoskis say they are happy with the compromise.
“The delay lets us use up the printed items that we have in our stock, in our inventory right now, then we can reproduce them as we need them,” said Tim Glodoski.