County Continues To Rename Roads

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The renaming of roads around the county may not be the heated issue it has been in recent weeks.

"The bugs have been worked out," Gila County Supervisor Ron Christensen said. "The people are going to have more direct involvement."

The project has many players in addition to the county and residents in non-incorporated communities, Christensen said. It also involves the state and federal governments.

"It's about 911 enhancement and homeland security issues," he said. "People think it is only locals who respond to an emergency and that is not always the case."

With the name changes, the goal is to have unique street names that make it easier for emergency personnel to know where to go when they are needed.

The supervisors are scheduled to adopt names for a number of roads in northern Gila County at their meeting today (Tuesday). The agenda includes:

  • Two roads in Tonto Basin to be named Coyote Trail Road and Leaning Tree Lane.
  • Six roads in Hunter Creek Ranch -- Alpha Circle, Beta Drive, Ambrose Lane, Green Apple Lane, Palm Circle and Wapiti Circle.
  • Six roads in Oxbow Estates -- Lee's Way, Black Walnut Lane, Trails West Boulevard, Vera Lane, Kydele Drive and Mill Lane.

The agenda also includes a discussion and possible action on an agreement between the Gila County Community College Campus in Payson and the Barry M. Goldwater Center for Renewable Technology. The agreement will allow the Goldwater Center to use up to 15 acres on the Payson campus in an effort to develop efficient ways to use small diameter and diseased pine trees.

Another item on the agenda is a joint meeting between the county and the Gila County Provisional Community College District for an update on college activities.

The supervisors are meeting at the college community room, 201 N. Mud Springs Road in Payson starting at 10 a.m., with the college district meeting slated for 2 p.m.

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