Pettalia memorial highway dedicated

Rep. Peter Pettaliawas a personal friend and a commonsense public servant who did his best to improve our state and serve the people in Northern Michigan.

In June, the governor signed my legislation designating the portion of U.S. 23 in Presque Isle County between Maple Drive and Misiak Highway as the “Peter A. Pettalia Memorial Highway.” Rep. Sue Allor and I recently joined Pete’s friends and family at a ceremony dedicating a memorial highwayin his honor.

Pete loved his family, his friends and the community. Dedicating a part of Heritage Route 23 through his home county is a fitting tribute to his life and the tremendous impact he had on so many people. While he is missed by everyone who knew him, this memorial highway will ensure that he is never forgotten.

Pete’s wife Karen spoke at the dedication, which was attended by many of his family, friends and former colleagues. Pettalia served three terms in the Michigan House of Representatives from 2011 until his death in September 2016 in an accident on his way down to the Capitol for session.

Prior to serving in the Legislature, Pete served as Presque Isle Township supervisor for 16 years and as a volunteer firefighter for the East Grand Lake Fire Department for 15 years. He was a member of several Presque Isle and Alpena area organizations and enjoyed spending time with his wife, children and granddaughters.

The memorial will have no fiscal impact on the state or local government. State law requires that private contributions must cover all the costs of erecting and maintaining memorial highway signs.