Berkeley Co. sets final address plan

April 09, 1999|By DAVE McMILLION, Charles Town

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Residents unhappy with new names given to roads in their neighborhoods will have until May 14 to file appeals requesting new names, the Berkeley County Commissioners agreed Thursday.

The commissioners will consider the appeals, but only if the majority of the homeowners on a road have signed a petition to change the name.

"We're here to please the people," said Commissioner Robert L. Burkhart.

Burkhart said chances are good the commissioners will agree to a newly suggested name as long as it is not being used as a road name elsewhere in the county.

The county's attempt to convert to an enhanced 911 system created controversy after the county decided to rename some roads as a way of eliminating similar-sounding road names that might create confusion in an emergency situation.


County officials said they have continued to get complaints after Berkeley County Circuit Judge David Sanders ruled against a pair of lawsuits filed by citizens who objected to the road name changes.

The commissioners have not received the list of road name changes in the county. After the list of name changes is completed by 911 officials, it will be printed and distributed in two local daily newspapers, the commissioners said.

Petitions to change road names are to be presented to the County Commission offices at 126 W. King St. either in person or by mail, the commissioners said.

The commissioners will make a decision on all petitions by June 30.

A final decision needs to be in place by July so that workers can begin feeding addresses into the new enhanced 911 system. The current system is not Y2K compliant, and the county wants to ensure it has enough time to test the new system before Dec. 31.

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