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Mike McCarthy Avenue won't make it off the bench this year

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Green Bay Packers coach McCarthy reacts to a call during their AFC-NFC NFL football game against Kansas City at Arrowhead Stadium
Green Bay Packers coach McCarthy reacts to a call during their AFC-NFC NFL football game against Kansas City at Arrowhead Stadium

ASHWAUBENON, WI (WTAQ) - A proposal to rename Ashland Avenue  “Mike McCarthy Avenue”, in honor of the Super Bowl winning coach, is being benched until the football season is done.

Ashwaubenon Village President Mike Aubinger says the village, De Pere and Green Bay have all agreed to put any decision on hold per a request from the Packers. 

“People who live around there and oppose the name change, don’t oppose it because of anything to do with the Packers organization or Mike McCarthy,” Aubinger said. 

Aubinger says it has to do with logistics of changing addresses. 

He says village officials will be visiting property owners to get their input. 

By the time anything gets done, it will be at least three years since Green Bay Mayor Jim Schmitt told the world about “McCarthy Way”. 

Back in 1997, it only took five months for Ashwaubenon to approve renaming a street in honor of Coach Mike Holmgren.  

The McCarthy proposal went through committee in De Pere, but the city council sent it back for more work.

In recent weeks, a Green Bay committee tackled the proposal, only to not give it a recommendation. 

The Plan Commission members balked at the estimated $450,000 cost for the Wisconsin Department of Transportation to replace Ashland Avenue highway signs with Mike McCarthy Avenue. 

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