There aren’t many honours like getting a street named after you for your accomplishments. But how exactly does that happen?
Council had this question, so staff went forward and created the Draft Street Naming Policy – TR 40.
Barry Elliott, CAO explains, “There was some discussion about how to go about and what’s involved if council is so inclined as to rename the streets in town. Mrs. Collison did a fair bit of research on that, and found out it is a very straight forward process. If and when council decides to rename a street, we have to do a bylaw for that.”
Elliott explains, “A new street goes through its own process, similar though.”
Mayor Wren explained that if a road is not directly connected to a provincial roadway, a District policy for the name change will suffice, not necessarily a bylaw.
Elliott Agreed saying, “His worship is correct. The bylaw is required when it is a provincially governed road.”
In the Draft policy, it states in order for a street to get renamed, the changes will be circulated to the property owners affected and/or publically advertised. Affected owners include property owners that would require a street address change.
If the District initiates the change, property owners will be granted a free one year change of address with Canada Post, even though residential mail gets sent to our PO Box. Property owners will also be compensated for replacement house numbers at a maximum cost of $15 per number.
On top of this, business owners will also be given at most $250, for the initial printing costs of letterhead and envelops.
If the change is due to a new development, the developer will cover the above costs.
If this draft is approved, community members would also be able to request a street name change, through a signed petition with a minimum of two-thirds of the affected property owners. A fee of $500 would be charged for administrative costs and they will not be compensated for any costs associated with the change.
After the approval, the procedure to implement the change according to the draft will include consultation with emergency services, and the change must be sent to the Land Title Office advising of the name change, among a few other steps.
Mayor Wren doesn’t know if the public consultation is necessary for District changes. He said, “This policy speaks to advertising it. If we rename a street, you’re renaming it for a reason, and there should be an element of recognition. That would be best done through a ceremony, a surprise to the community. I wonder about the necessity of the circulation if it’s not connected to a public roadway.”
Councillor Caisley is happy to have the draft to outline the steps. He said, “I think it’s a good start. We are going to start to get into the naming of buildings and roads; at least there is a format to follow and a process to follow.”
Council will revisit this draft either at the next council meeting on Aug. 20 2013, or early in Sept.
Currently around town there is some signage missing especially at major intersections. Also the street sign from the Pioneer Loop to Northgate reads more like NO (a bunch of gray) A (more gray).
Elliott explains, “Our staff generally does tours and if they see something they make note of it, and we do try and keep the signs up. We are responsible for that. If anybody notices something missing, by all means give us a shot. The street signs are our responsibility, it is part of our ongoing budget and part of our maintenance. Street signs do go missing.”
He also explains keeping track of these kinds of things will be easier in the future. Elliott explains, “Right now we are doing an asset inventory of literally everything the District owns. We are accumulating all that data and starting next week we will be inputting all of that into our brand new GIS system. That is going to be the best opportunity to track condition of assets, absence of assets we need. We are going to use that for long term planning of our asset maintenance.”