By Travis Mounts
CLEARWATER – On Monday, family members of Yvonne Coon and representatives of the City of Clearwater gathered to officially open Yvonne Drive, dedicated to the former city employee and city council member.
The new north-south street connects Park Glen and Park Glen Estates to Ross Avenue, providing a second entrance and exit for homeowners.
“What she has done for this community is amazing,” said Mayor Burt Ussery. “She has been my mentor, and told me when I was doing things good and when I should do things better. She’s just a jewel. We’re just so honored as a city to give this street this name, for her specifically and for the family.”
Eventually, the street will continue north on the other side of Ross Avenue.
David and Laura Coon were in attendance on behalf of Yvonne. David, her son, said his mother wished she could be there.
“I’m going to drive my mom’s street,” David Coon said.
Yvonne Coon dedicated 49 years of service to Clearwater. She started her distinguished career as a part-time city employee, and eventually became the first female administrator in Kansas. She held that role for more than 20 years, retiring in 2000. She was elected to the Clearwater City Council in 2018, but eventually stepped down for health reasons.
Last year, Coon was recognized as Clearwater’s Citizen of the Year.
In the next few weeks, a crosswalk light will be installed where the street crosses the drainage ditch, providing a safer crossing. A sidewalk also has been added.
The street runs between the Clearwater High School campus and the city’s sports complex. The entrance to the sports complex also has been changed.