On May 9, council unanimously voted in favor of a resolution supporting renaming FM 517 between I-45 and Hwy. 35 to honor Clark, who died May 8, 2022, at 58 years old.
Mayor Nick Long said Sen. Mayes Middleton, R-Galveston, and Rep. Greg Bonnen, R-Friendswood, have a vote related to the road name change in the Texas Senate on May 12, which is why they needed council to rush to pass the resolution May 9.
There are two bills that would honor Clark:
- House Bill 3045, authored by Bonnen, would rename a portion of FM 517.
- Senate Bill 1339, authored by Middleton, would rename the bridge connecting Galveston Island to Pelican Island as the Ken Clark Memorial Bridge.
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According to city documents, Clark was the Precinct 4 commissioner from 1998 until his death and one of Galveston County’s longest-serving elected officials. Clark “worked tirelessly” on crucial issues, including lowering taxes, improving transportation and reducing flooding, the documents read.
Clark’s work led to seven consecutive tax cuts while still supporting transportation and drainage improvements, including I-45, Hwy. 146, the Grand Parkway and the Pelican Island Bridge.
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Long said Middleton and Bonnen desired local support before moving forward with HB 3045, hence the resolution.
“They will not rename it without local support,” he said.