Rogers Coun­cil ap­proves new names for roads

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ROGERS — The City Coun­cil ap­proved re­nam­ing two roads on Tues­day.

South­gate and Hax­ton roads were re­named to Pleas­ant Grove Road. The name change only im­pacts the por­tions of the roads in the city.

Rogers Fire Chief Tom Jenk­ins said it makes sense to re­name the South­gate and Hax­ton roads now that the Pleas­ant Grove con­nec­tiv­ity is a re­al­ity. Jenk­ins said they could de­lay re­nam­ing the roads for months or a year, but it will be nec­es­sary when the three roads con­nect.

Jenk­ins said there could be dual names on signs, so Hax­ton Road could ap­pear with Pleas­ant Grove Road on some signs. Jenk­ins said there are sim­i­lar signs in the city.

Rogers Po­lice Chief Hayes Mi­nor was in fa­vor of re­nam­ing the roads. Mi­nor said it’s a public safety is­sue. Mi­nor said it will be eas­ier for first-re­spon­ders to han­dle calls from one road with the same name in­stead of han­dling calls with three names.

Mi­nor said he and Jenk­ins sent 40 let­ters to peo­ple im­pacted about re­nam­ing the roads and re­ceived two re­sponses.

Jon Simp­son told the coun­cil he and his two neigh­bors are the only homes on the short por­tion of Hax­ton Road within Rogers’ city lim­its. Simp­son was against re­nam­ing Hax­ton Road and said his neigh­bors also were against the name change.

Simp­son, who is Ben­tonville’s po­lice chief, said he lives in Rogers, but has a Ben­tonville mail­ing ad­dress. The name change also may cause some con­fu­sion be­cause of his mail­ing ad­dress, Simp­son said.

Simp­son be­lieves name changes should be de­layed un­til all of Pleas­ant Grove Road con­nects with Hax­ton and South­gate roads.

Coun­cil­man Jerry Carmichael said in the com­mit­tee meet­ing it makes sense to re­name the roads now in­stead of wait­ing.

The Public Safety Com­mit­tee rec­om­mended re­nam­ing the two roads.

The coun­cil voted 9-0 in fa­vor of re­nam­ing the roads.

The city coun­cil voted to ac­cept a fed­eral grant for con­struc­tion of a tax­i­lane-apron at the Rogers Ex­ec­u­tive Air­port.

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