DOBSON — A street in the county seat got a new name on Thursday.
Town Manager Josh Smith explained there had been much confusion regarding a local street at the Dobson Board of Commissioners meeting Thursday evening.
According to Smith, Hickory Street and Hickory Circle intersect. However, the U.S. Postal Service didn’t know a Hickory Circle exists. Even residents of the street found it unclear.
“The residents on Hickory Circle were using Hickory Street as their address,” explained Smith.
Smith said there had also been at least one instance of an EMS crew responding to the wrong street on an emergency response.
Smith said he had worked with the county tax department’s addressing personnel and the post office to discern the best avenue for resolving the issue.
He explained, in the end, it was best to rename Hickory Circle to Hickory Street and make the two roads one. Only one address — a vacant property — would have to get a new address.
No residents spoke during the public hearing regarding the renaming of Hickory Circle. However, Smith noted residents on the street were in favor of the change. It would have no impact to what they had been doing, as they have been using Hickory Street as their address anyways.
The board approved the resolution to rename the street unanimously.
Commissioners also approved a contract with Mark Teague Engineering to evaluate roads in the town. The company will analyze each portion of town roads for $4,800.
Smith and commissioners intend to use the evaluation to develop a long-range plan for repairs and resurfacing projects on town-maintained roads.
Smith also provided an update regarding the town’s water-treatment plant project. On March 7 he and other town officials will have a final meeting prior to two new pumps being installed.
Before recessing, the board set the date for its next meeting and its annual planning retreat. Commissioners and town staff will meet at 9 a.m. at Putter’s Patio and Grill on March 22.
Andy is a staff writer and may be reached at 415-4698.