County reviews possible road name change policy

Holmes County Board of County Commissioners
Holmes County
Published: Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 11:26 AM.

BONIFAY — Holmes County Board of County Commissioners agreed to review a Road Name Change Policy presented by County Attorney Jeff Goodman during their meeting on Dec. 10.

“The board of county commissioners shouldn’t be in the business of hearing out why someone thinks their road name needs to be changed and how they’re justified over another,” said Goodman. “We need a policy so that people know the requirements needed for a road name to be changed.”

Some of the requirements included a list of property owners adjacent and on the road, a petition signed by at least 80 percent of property owners adjacent to and on the road, approval from 911 Coordinator to insure 911 compliance, a $500 fee for internal review and advertising, submission of an overview of the road so that the entire road is renamed, followed by two public hearings before it can be approved of by the Board, followed up by an effective date.

“I piecemealed it together based on the needs of Holmes County,” said Goodman. “Here’s a draft to be put on the agenda for the first meeting in January and there will be an application drawn up for review. We just need to remain as consistent as possible.”

The first hearing was held for an application for a zoning change from residential to commercial to a piece of property on the corner of County Road 81 and Sandy Creek Road located just north of Ponce de Leon, which was approved of and recommended to the Board of County Commissioners by the Holmes County Planning and Zoning Commission on Dec. 3.

“I’m wanting to build a convenient store and gas station,” said landowner Paul Fuzell. “Almost everyone from that area believes that it will be service and help to the community.”

Resident Lisa Shirley was present to say that her concerns were that if it doesn’t become a convenient store that it could potentially become a bar.

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