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November 6, 2013

County requires time for naming policy

MILLEDGEVILLE — In recent discussions, county officials agreed to research and establish a uniform policy for the naming or renaming of buildings and properties owned by the county. Commissioners Henry Craig, District 4, and Emily Davis, District 1, were tasked with researching and developing a policy. Tuesday they relayed the local proposal to their fellow commissioners, and Davis suggested additional work is needed to strengthen.

“The county has no written policy, code or ordinance in place as to how things are named or renamed. We need to establish one standard for the community and county to follow as a normal procedure rather than having a different procedure every time the subject comes up,” Craig said after Tuesday’s commission meeting. “I have taken pieces and parts of a dozen different naming policies from cities and counties across the state and I developed a policy that fit our situation the best.”

During Tuesday’s meeting, Davis motioned for the policy to be tabled until January when “further research is done.”

“More research needs to be done on it before we make it official. We’ve had about a little over a month or so to work on it, but more research needs to be done on the naming and renaming of specific buildings,” Davis said. “We need more community input when we get ready to do these types of policies.”

According to the drafted policy, no building or property constructed, developed or acquired by the county will be assigned a name or renamed unless it falls within the policy and is approved by the commission. 

The ordinance applies to buildings, parts of buildings, bridges, parks, gardens and any other property owned by Baldwin County. Naming or renaming streets, roads, alleys, paths or similar thoroughfares that already have an existing recorded name will also be governed by the new policy, if approved.

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