By CARL SMITH
The Oktibbeha Board of Supervisors met Wednesday during a special work session to discuss new names for a number of county roads whose current names cause conflict or confusion in regard to the ongoing countywide E-911 re-addressing project.
The work session focused primarily on re-naming streets which have similarly named counterparts in municipal areas, on Mississippi State University’s campus or in the county itself.
Toby Sanford, Golden Triangle Planning and Development District geographic information systems manager, presented a list of these roads to supervisors and guided the board through a street-by-street presentation on GIS mapping software.
While supervisors made suggestions, no action was taken by the board. The board will have an official opportunity to change road names in its Monday meeting.
The county currently has eight roads — Burney Lane, Cotton Lane, Court Lane, Hartness Lane, Henry Lane, Lake Drive, Valley Road and White Drive — with duplicate or similar names. For example, the list presented by Sanford says the county has 11 road names which start with “Lake” and four road names which start with or contain “Valley.”
During the presentation, individual supervisors made phone calls in attempt to contact property owners along each road for name suggestions or variations.
In regard to a portion of those roads, the board made the following recommendations: Burney Lane will be changed to Burney Walker Lane; Court Lane will be changed to Samuel Lane; Henry Lane will be changed to Bradford Lane; and Lake Drive will be changed to Village Loop Drive.
Supervisors and GTPDD employees will attempt to contact property owners along Cotton Lane, Hartness Lane, Lake Drive and Valley Road for name suggestions. Supervisors said they would have suggestions to GTPDD officials by Monday.
Due to gaps created by Starkville’s re-naming of Garrard Road, supervisors also suggested Reed Road’s name be changed to West Reed Road. Board President Marvell Howard said letters will be sent out to residents along this road to alert them of the possible change.
Supervisors also suggested changing Chism Drive’s name to Emma Drive. Sanford’s list says Chism Drive “never received another name to replace this road.” The board also suggested Lydia Hills Lane replace Lydia Lane in an effort to cut down on duplicates in the county.
The list also included roads which need a board order to correct misspellings. Those roads include: E. Lakeshore (the former E. Lake Shore); W. Lakeshore (the former W. Lake Shore); Forest Nook Road (the former Forrest Nook Road); Sugarberry Lane (the former Sugar Berry Lane); and Summertree Road (the former Summer Tree Road).
After the board has settled on unique names for each road in the county, landline phone numbers will be matched with their new addresses, and that database will late be implemented in the county E-911 system. Moving to the new database is key for emergency responders, Oktibbeha County Emergency Management Agency Director Jim Britt said.
“Today was a huge step forward,” Britt said.