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Peter A. Pettalia Memorial Highway receives support from senate panel

Submitted by Phil Heimerl on May 16, 2018 – 12:36 amNo Comment
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The Senate Transportation Committee has approved Senator Jim Stamas’ legislation to permanently honor former Representative Peter Pettalia, who died in 2016 in an accident while traveling to the State Capitol for session.

Senate Bill 622 would designate a portion of U.S. 23 in Presque Isle County, between Maple Drive and Misiak Highway, as the “Peter A. Pettalia Memorial Highway.”

“Pete was a good friend and a commonsense 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 would be a fitting tribute to a life well lived and the tremendous impact he had in his community.  Although he is missed by those who knew him, he will never be forgotten.”

The bill would have no fiscal impact on the state or local government. Under state law, the Michigan Department of Transportation can place markers indicating the name of a memorial highway only “when sufficient private contributions are received to completely cover the cost of erecting and maintaining those markers.”

Rep. Sue Allor has introduced similar legislation in the House of Representatives.

Pettalia served three terms in the Michigan House of Representatives from 2011 until his untimely death in September 2016.  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.

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