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Officials seek help in naming roads

June 02, 1997

By DAVE McMILLION

Staff Writer, Martinsburg

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Officials said they will seek assistance from county residents to name roads and streets in Berkeley County as part of plan to enhance the 911 emergency system.

Emergency officials said there are many roads and streets in the county with similar names, which can be confusing when officials are responding to emergencies.

For example, there are 27 streets and roads in the county that use the word "apple" in their name, said Mary Kackley, director of the county's 911 system.

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All roads with duplicate names or with no names will be required to have new ones, Kackley said.

Kackley said county officials plan to send letters to county residents who live along those roads inviting them to submit names.

At last week's County Commissioners meeting, Kackley distributed a sample letter that was handed out to residents in a Virginia community to help enhance the 911 emergency system.

The letter invited residents to submit a common name that is often associated with a road as a new name for the street. Or residents could reach an agreement with neighbors on at least three possible names for a street.

Under the enhanced 911 system in Berkeley County, Kackley's office would also review all new housing plans in the county to make sure the developments have no duplicate street names. Until now, there has not been much control over how streets were named, Kackley said.

Kackley said she is not sure how the letters will be sent to affected homeowners, or how many streets in the county will have to be renamed.

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