Former Councilman Mel Turner Honored with New Street Name

Citrus Heights, CA (MPG)  |  By Elise Spleiss
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Citrus Heights City Manager Chris Boyd presents Connie Turner, wife of deceased former Citrus Heights councilman, Mel Turner with the official dedication plaque for Turner Court, a street in the new Mariposa Creek development. Photo courtesy of City of Citrus Heights

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You won't find it on your GPS yet, but Turner Court is now an official Street in the Mariposa Creek development by Watt Communities. Photo by Kel Dedmon

CITRUS HEIGHTS, CA (MPG) - It was a celebration befitting the man whose name is being memorialized on a new street sign in the city of Citrus Heights.

On June 7, 2019, in a dedication ceremony before a gathering of over 100, including those who represent every aspect of Citrus Heights, a street sign bearing the name ‘Turner Court’ became a part of Citrus Heights forever.

Turner Court is part of the 15-home Mariposa Creek development at 7625 Antelope Road.

Two CHPD motorcycle officers provided a police escort for the 40-foot limo-bus carrying 20 members of the Turner family to the event.

Mayor Jeannie Bruins emceed the morning, introducing speakers from Watt Communities Real Estate Developers, state government, the City of Citrus Heights and Chamber of Commerce.

Turner’s wife Connie received a certificate and plaque from representatives of the offices of Senator Jim Nielsen and Assemblyman Ken Cooley honoring the legacy of her husband. Words repeated by many throughout the event to describe Turner included ‘honorable, integrity, compassion, commitment, respect, courage, and joy of life, however, Turner’s love of his city’s young people went recognized by all.

The words on a plaque presented to Connie Turner by City Manager Chris Boyd made the dedication official. The plaque reads: “The City of Citrus Heights, together with Watt Communities does hereby dedicate Turner Court at the Mariposa Creek Development honoring late Councilman Mel Turner. Thus, memorializing his dedicated service and passion to the city he called home. Done so with love and deep gratitude this day, June 7, 2019.” Ilene Martzen, Board Chair of the Chamber of Commerce led the ribbon cutting.

When asked how he decided to name a street after Turner, Kevin Webb, President of Watt Communities Northern California Division said since Turner had been a part of the planning of Mariposa Creek from its inception, the honor only seemed fitting. ‘It is something planned (a street), part of a community, a place where people live.” Carrying on this vision of family for the people of his city is what Turner was all about.

Turner passed away April 20, 2017 from pancreatic cancer at the age of 67. He joined the city council in 2010, served a term as mayor from 2013 to 2014. He was re-elected to the council for a four-year term, passing away one year short of its completion.

For information on homes available go to www.wattcommunities.com.

 

Citrus Heights City Manager Chris Boyd presents Connie Turner, wife of deceased former Citrus Heights councilman, Mel Turner with the official dedication plaque for Turner Court, a street in the new Mariposa Creek development. Photo courtesy of City of Citrus HeightsYou wonChamber of Commerce Board Chairman Ilene Martez and Melanie Randall with the Citrus Heights city manager’s office hold the banner for Watt Communities, during the ribbon cutting for the new Turner Court. Onlookers included 20 members of the Turner family members from every facet of Citrus Heights. Photo courtesy of City of Citrus Heights