Marble Falls Council halts plans to rename ‘Gateway’ streets
November 07, 2013, 9:00 pm by Emily Zendt
Plans by city officials to rename five streets in
"It seems like we would want the business owners and property owners to know prior to adoption – I would want to know. I think that’s why we would involve the (property owners association),” said councilman Ryan Nash.
The council unanimously rejected the proposed changes.
City officials originally cited a four-minute delay in emergency response time as reason for the change, although at a council meeting Tuesday, police and the fire chief agreed the street names are seldom problematic because they are near each other and first responders are trained to know street locations.
"It’s not an issue for us ... it’s a training issue,” said Fire Chief Johnny Caraway.
His sentiments were echoed by Police Chief Mark Whitacre.
"I am not aware of any problems personally,” Whitacre said.
Mitzi Reneau, president of the Gateway Park POA, said she was approached by City Manager Ralph Hendricks about changing the names of the five streets and was asked to suggest new names.
The association said why finding streets is sometimes difficult for ordinary citizens, "I know the problem exists because I’ve lived there for 16 years…packages get lost, people get lost,” said Reneau.
Director of Development Services Caleb Kraenzel said there was confusion about notifying the affected residents and businesses.
"From my conversations with Ralph [Hendricks], I was under the impression that the city would do the follow through [notification, signage updates] and the POA was going to do the outreach,” said Kraenzel.
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