Arno Way recommended as name for EL ‘statue’ street

by Emmitt B. Feldner of The Review staff

ELKHART LAKE – The shortest street in the village could be named to honor a family with long roots in the village.

The Public Works Committee recommended Monday that the street in front of the Pledge Allegiance statue in the Village Park be named Arno Way, in honor of former tavern owner Arno Feldmann.

The recommendation goes to the full Village Board, which is expected to act on it at their Oct. 6 meeting.

The short street, which connects Rhine and Lake streets on the southwest corner of the Village Park, was never named. There are no houses or structures on the street, but with the parking regulations put in place there after the Pledge Allegiance statue was erected three years ago police need a name for the street in order to write tickets for parking violations.

Feldmann owned a tavern on Rhine Street when there were commercial buildings along that portion of Rhine and Lake streets. Those were later torn down and the Grashorn Municipal Building and Village Park erected there in 1980.

Several of his descendants suggested the name at the last Village Board meeting and were present again Monday to argue their case further before the Public Works Committee.

They pointed out that the Feldmann family has been in the area since the 1800s; that Arno Feldmann had nine children; that five of his sons were in the military and one worked for the village; and four of his sons, two grandsons, one great-grandson and one great-great-grandson were all members of the fire department.

Village Administrator/Clerk/ Treasurer Jessica Reilly said several possible names had been put forth, including:

. Park Street, Way or Drive.

. Short Way.

. Arno Way.

. Feldmann Way or Street.

. Hollfelder Way (to honor Tom and Bea Hollfelder who donated the statue to the village).

. Liberty Court, Street or Way.

. Any tree name, with Reilly pointing out that several nearby east-west streets have tree names (Elm, Maple, Pine) and that Rhine Street was named Cedar Street on the original plat of the village.

“We’ve gotten a lot of positive feedback,” for Arno Way, committee chair Trustee Michael Wolf noted. He added that the Hollfelders are recognized on the plaque at the statue.

At their regular meeting, a short-handed board set trick-ortreating hours for Sunday, Oct. 26, from 3-5 p.m.

Village President Alan Rudnick and trustees Pam Garton and Lynn Shovan were absent. Trustee Steve Kapellen was elected to chair the meeting in Rudnick’s absence.

An ordinance restricting extended parking in the village was adopted by the board.

Under the ordinance, no vehicle may be parked on any street, parking lot or alley for more than 48 continuous hours. Also tractors, semi-trailers and vehicles over 12,000 pounds gross weight can be parked on any street, parking lot or alley between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m.

Trustee Richard Baumann reported that the Tough Mudders event drew more than 12,000 competitors and attendees, bringing significant business into the village as well.

The event will return to Road America next year on Sept. 12 and 13.

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