During his three terms as Ward 5 councilmember, Harry Thomas stuffed his office with every plaque, certificate of appreciation, and memento that he picked up in his travels through the city’s political backwaters. None of those goodies, however, will immortalize the tax-and-spender like the green-and-white “Harry Thomas Way” street signs that adorn a service road in an industrial hive near the junction of Florida and New York Avenues NE. Earlier this year, Ward 6 Councilmember Sharon Ambrose sponsored legislation transferring the road from private hands to the public register. But according to a staffer in the office of D.C. Council Chairman Linda Cropp, the Department of Public Works (DPW) doesn’t want it. It’s nothing personal, apparently: DPW balked because of the road’s nonstandard street specifications and street lamps. Meanwhile, after a visit to his private monument this week, Thomas reported that two “Harry Thomas Way” signs had been trashed. Of course, remedying problems like those is second nature to a guy who made a career out of dispatching DPW crews to Ward 5 problem spots. “You know I’m gonna do that,” says Thomas, who won’t have to refer to his Rolodex to get his name back up where it belongs.