New name in place for Do­min­ion street

Elm Street Ex­ten­sion may soon be known as Mar­cia Street

Cape Breton Post - - Glace Bay/New Waterford & Area - BY CAPE BRE­TON POST STAFF

The Cape Bre­ton Re­gional Mu­nic­i­pal­ity gen­eral com­mit­tee of coun­cil has ap­proved a mo­tion for a street re­nam­ing in Do­min­ion.

The next step will be for no­tice of the de­ci­sion to be mailed to af­fected prop­erty own­ers. The CBRM’s pol­icy states prop­erty own­ers must be given 60 days no­tice of any changed civic ad­dress un­less the prop­erty owner agrees to a shorter pe­riod.

In an is­sue pa­per pre­pared for coun­cil, plan­ner Karen Neville noted a res­i­dent had ap­proached the plan­ning and de­vel­op­ment depart­ment re­quest­ing that the Elm Street Ex­ten­sion in Do­min­ion be re­named Wayne Street in hon­our of his fa­ther.

Ac­cord­ing to the mu­nic­i­pal­ity’s civic ad­dress­ing pol­icy, the re­nam­ing of ex­ist­ing streets is dis­cour­aged un­less it will re­duce the like­li­hood of con­fu­sion in the event of an emer­gency.

Neville noted that as a re­sult of the re­quest be­ing made, the depart­ment re­al­ized that the cur­rent nam­ing sys­tem of Elm Street and Elm Street Ex­ten­sion doesn’t com­ply with CBRM pol­icy and could re­sult in con­fu­sion in the event of an emer­gency.

Neville noted that both Elm Street be­yond civic ad­dresses 67 and 70 and the Elm Street Ex­ten­sion fail to com­ply with the pol­icy.

The pol­icy states that a street re­nam­ing can only take place fol­low­ing pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion with the af­fected res­i­dents. The man who had orig­i­nally re­quested the name change was in­formed of the con­sul­ta­tion and told all af­fected res­i­dents would have the op­por­tu­nity to sug­gest a new name.

Many of the res­i­dents con­tacted sug­gested the name Mar­cia Street. Neville noted that, after con­sul­ta­tion, Mar­cia Street was selected by the civic ad­dress­ing co-or­di­na­tor.

“Nat­u­rally, it caused a lit­tle bit of con­cern in the com­mu­nity … peo­ple are con­cerned about driver’s li­cences, pass­ports and ev­ery­thing have to be changed,” said Dist. 10 Coun. Dar­ren Bruckschwaiger.

“Un­for­tu­nately, I have some un­happy neigh­bours, nat­u­rally one-half are up­set and the oth­ers are happy.”

He noted the girl for whom the street will be re­named died of leukemia.

“It’s go­ing to be fit­ting at the end that this street is named after her but, again, it causes some is­sues in the com­mu­nity and I feel that some­how we have to as a plan­ning depart­ment and as CBRM coun­cil make sure that these things are looked at so that coun­cil­lors don’t have to

be faced with these things in the fu­ture,” Bruckschwaiger said.

He sug­gested the mu­nic­i­pal­ity has to be proac­tive to search out street names and see which ones need to be fixed. He sug­gested an is­sue pa­per from staff should be pre­pared to see how that could be ad­dressed. An amend­ment to the mo­tion to ad­dress street nam­ing across the CBRM was also ap­proved.

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The Cape Bre­ton Re­gional Mu­nic­i­pal­ity gen­eral com­mit­tee of coun­cil has ap­proved a mo­tion to re­name Elm Street Ex­ten­sion in Do­min­ion to Mar­cia Street.

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