Aldermen OK street name change

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

It's fairly common for City Administrator Dale Klussman to bring citizen requests to the Concordia Board of Aldermen, but last week was something of a rarity as the request being made came from Klussman himself.

Klussman told the board the name of his street was an inconvenience and potentially a threat to the safety of his family. Furthermore, he noted, the name was actually a violation of existing city ordinance.

Klussman is a resident of the cul-de-sac currently known as NW 8th Street Court. His address is nearly identical to a nearby neighbor who lives on NW 8th Street.

"We have had three separate instances where emergency medical services have been required since the new numbering system has been in place," he said. "All three times, emergency personnel were directed to 700 NW 8th Street. Luckily, none of the emergencies were to the extent that minutes lost were vital to prevent loss of life."

In addition to the safety issue, Klussman said it is a common occurrence for his mail and package deliveries to go to the wrong house.

Klussman said he is lucky his neighbor has been understanding of the problem and brings his misdirected items to him.

Klussman said changing the name of the street would also bring it into compliance with city codes. Because the cul-de-sac runs north/south it should be a named street, carrying no numerical connotation.

"In fact, this cul-de-sac is the only north/south street in Concordia which has a number in its name," he said.

The aldermen gave Kluss-man the authority to change the street's name, approving a resolution to do so by unanimous vote. Klussman said he would draft an appropriate ordinance and bring it to a future meeting.

"Emergency personnel should always be able to reach you," said Alderman Shannon Redford. "That's a no-brainer."

Klussman said following the naming conventions of other streets in the area, the cul-de-sac will mostly likely receive a tree name.

Once the ordinance has been approved, the city will have to notify the U.S. Postal Service and the county's 911 services so they can make appropriate modifications to their systems.

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