ELKINS – Several residents expressed their displeasure with the changing of street names in the Glenmore area during a special meeting Tuesday.
The meeting was designed to allow residents to offer suggestions for new street names. The Randolph County Office of Emergency Management will change the names of First Street through 10th Street and Elkins Avenue in the Glenmore area because they are redundant, as the city of Elkins already uses those names.
Gary Tingler, a resident of Sixth Street in Glenmore, said, “I think it’s ridiculous. The city (of Elkins) has three Locust Avenues, two Park Streets and two Cherry Streets. They aren’t changing but telling people in Glenmore they have to change.”
Roger Anderson, secretary/treasurer of the Glenmore Acres Maintenance Association and a 10th Street resident, added, “The simplest solution is not to change the names but just put ‘Glenmore’ after it. We have done it that way for years. If they change it for 911, fine, but I want to make sure we only change it once.”
Jim Wise, director of the Randolph County 911 Call Center and Office of Emergency Management, said residents were being given the opportunity to come up with new street names they would be happy with that will allow emergency and other services to more easily find residences.
“I’m not a dictator,” Wise said. “I’m not going to just name your streets. That’s why we are having this meeting.”
Vern Edinger, an administrative assistant who specializes in mapping and addressing for the Office of Emergency Management, added, “It sounds inconvenient but we are trying to help the citizens. The whole reason for this is to expedite services.”
In addition to the name changes in Glenmore, house numbers will change county wide, except for within the city limits of Elkins, officials said. The new numbers will be based on the distance a residence is from the nearest major intersection. For example, house number 500 will be located half a mile from the intersection.
Elkins City Council decided in March 2012 it would not adopt the Randolph County Commission’s 911 mapping plan, after hosting a public meeting to gauge how residents felt. Mapping and addressing had been a controversial issue in town for several years leading up to the decision.
Elkins City Council voted Feb. 6 to hire a firm to compile and prepare the data necessary for current city addresses to be included in the Randolph County 911 Center’s computer-aided dispatch system. Earlier this month, City Clerk Sutton Stokes stressed that the firm, Landmark Geospatial, based in Horner, will be able to gather the required information without any city addresses having to be changed.
County Commissioners Chris See, Mike Taylor and Joyce Johns all attended Tuesday’s meeting.
No decision on names were reached at Tuesday’s meeting but County Commission members and representatives from the Office of Emergency Management plan to attend the annual meeting of the Glenmore Home Owners Association in March to work towards new street names with the Glenmore community.