Mitchell
Mitchell

Efforts to honor an actor whose roots are connected to Shrewsbury are moving forward. But in which direction efforts will go remains to be seen.

During the borough council meeting Wednesday night, Bryan Sellers, the York Township man heading the efforts, asked council members their thoughts on renaming a street and a baseball field for Cameron Mitchell, who lived in Shrewsbury as a child.

Mitchell, likely best known for his role in the 1967 TV series "The High Chaparral," played baseball and tennis at the borough's Sweeney Park as child, Sellers said.

"He was very athletic," Sellers said. "He was at the ballpark a lot."

Mitchell likely walked down North Sunset Drive, an alley, to get to the park. Sellers asked the council to rename a three-block portion, between West Forest and Playground avenues, of it for Mitchell.

However, councilman Eric Stoley said that while he recognizes Mitchell's contributions to acting, he believes there are others in the community more deserving of having a street or ballfield renamed for them.

"I just don't think I can back that," he said.

Compromise: Council president Michael Ridgely instead recommended that street signs on the portion of North Sunset Drive also bear a second street sign, such as Cameron Mitchell Way, while not officially changing the street name.


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However, Richard Buchanan, council vice president, said street signs with two names could lead to some confusion when someone calls York County 911 to report an incident.

Sellers said there are no known addresses on that portion of North Sunset Drive.

Council members also discussed a memorial being installed at the ballfield instead of renaming it for Mitchell.

Any tribute to Mitchell wouldn't be funded by the borough, but instead would be covered by fundraising by Sellers and his supporters.

In the end, the council referred Sellers to work with the borough's public lands and buildings and finance committee to come up with a fitting tribute.