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Bills would designate part of US-23 ‘Peter A. Pettalia Memorial Highway’

Submitted by Phil Heimerl on October 11, 2017 – 12:46 amNo Comment

Lawmakers representing northeast Michigan have introduced legislation that would permanently honor former Rep. Peter Pettalia, who died last year in an accident while traveling to the Capitol for session.

The 61 year-old Pettalia was killed on September 12, 2016, when a truck pulled out in front of his motorcycle on M-33 in Montmorency County.

Sen. Jim Stamas and Rep. Sue Allor have introduced bills that would designate a portion of US-23 in Presque Isle County, between Maple Drive and Misiak Highway, as the “Peter A. Pettalia Memorial Highway.”

“Pete was a personal friend and a common-sense public servant who did his best to improve the lives of the people in Northern Michigan,” said Stamas.  “Naming part of that route through Pete’s home county is a fitting tribute to a life well lived and the tremendous impact he had on so many lives.”

“As I travel northeastern Michigan and carry out my duties in Lansing, I continue to hear stories about the work that Representative Pettalia did on our behalf during his time in the Legislature,” said Allor.  “He paved the way for future public servants from our area to continue on a road of success, fighting for the people of the 106th House District.”

The bills would have no fiscal impact on the state or local government.

Pettalia served three terms in the Michigan House of Representatives from 2011 until his untimely death.  He previously served as Presque Isle Township supervisor for 16 years and as a volunteer firefighter for the East Grand Lake Fire Department for 15 years.  Pettalia was a member of several Presque Isle and Alpena area organizations and enjoyed spending time with his wife Karen, two children and two granddaughters.

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