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Take Spartan Way to Lathrop High?
Students push to change name of Lathrop Road west of I-5
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Traffic heads down Lathrop Road - which could be renamed Spartan Way - to Lathrop High. - photo by HIME ROMERO

LATHROP – The Lathrop High School leadership class wants to rename the portion of Lathrop Road east of I-5 to Spartan Way.

But when the Lathrop City Council meets on Monday, Nov. 21 will they be willing to serve as the first public agency to give their blessing to the request that came before them more than a month ago?

According to the report prepared by city staff, two current possible options are on the table – both requiring very different steps to essentially achieve the same result.

Council could either retain the existing Lathrop Road designation with a special “commemorative” sign placed along with the existing signage, or move ahead with formally changing the name of the road – requiring that a variety of agreements be struck with a number of other local agencies.

The reports lists Manteca Unified School District as the main agency that would have to sign off on the change, but also includes Lathrop Police Services, the Lathrop Manteca Fire District, San Joaquin County Emergency Services, neighboring property owners and utility company and services (gas and electric, cable, postal etc.)

Both options would cost the city roughly $2,000, but additional costs to the formal changing of the name would have to be incurred by the school district.

No staff recommendation is included in the report.

In other business, the council will decide whether to go ahead with the staff’s recommendation to spend roughly $125,000 to replace hardscape and improve landscaping and irrigation in the median island from east of I-5 to Harland Road.

The recommendation is the cheapest of a myriad of improvements that can be made along the Louise Avenue and Lathrop Road corridors – at least two of which that are being included as options for the council carry price tags of $1 million.

According to the report, staff believes that it would be best to wait for the other two construction projects along Lathrop Road and Louise Avenue to finish before moving forward with any more beautification work.