Making up a large portion of Turlock's population, members of the Indian American community may soon receive an official recognition for their contributions to the city.
On Wednesday, the City of Turlock Parks and Recreation Commission will consider naming the city's northeast storm basin walkway "Singh Walkway" in recognition of the contributions made by the Indian American population in Turlock.
The name "Singh" was chosen for consideration since it is a very common middle and last name amongst Indian Americans. The name was officially adopted into Sikhism during the 17th century as a means to create equality and unification amongst Sikhs.
The request for the change came from Turlock resident Dr. Ram Saini, who has lived in the city with his family since 1971.
"We have lots of Indian Americans who live in this town," said Saini in a letter addressed to the Parks and Recreation Commission. "They are contributing a great deal of services along with financial contributions in terms of income taxes, property taxes and community services."
The area up for consideration includes a winding sidewalk that surrounds the large grassy basin and a landscaped pump station where the proper signage could be installed.
While the costs of installing and purchasing a new sign for the walkway is estimated to be approximately $5,500, Saini said that he would be happy to pay for the cost. If approved, the city has said that Saini would be held financially responsible for the cost of the new sign.
"We sincerely hope that the commission or the city council will accept our request and recognize Indian American community people are an integral part of our city," said Saini.
On Wednesday, the Parks and Recreation Commission is also expected to:
• Receive its annual Brown Act training;
• Select a commissioner to sit on the Turlock Police Activities League Board of Directors;
• Accept the September update on Parks, Recreation and Public Facilities Report.
The Parks and Recreation Commission will meet at 6 p.m. on Wednesday at City Hall, located at 156 S. Broadway.