MOUNT VERNON — By this time next year, two road name changes will be in effect near the city’s industrial park.
Mount Vernon City Council approved the two name changes Monday night after a public hearing on the matter. The two pieces of legislation will allow Blackjack Road to run from Newark Road to Granville Road, eliminating the Blackjack Road Extension designation. Industrial Park Drive will travel south from the Industrial Park toward the city limits, just beyond the Sanoh plant which is currently on Blackjack Road.
The measure will not go into effect until Jan. 1, 2014, to allow residents and manufacturers time to use stationary, alert suppliers and make necessary changes in items received through the post office. No house numbers will be changed, according to Mount Vernon Mayor Richard Mavis.
Donald Durbin, owner of the property that sits on the corner of Blackjack Road Extension and Granville Road, told council he believed the proposed change was in the best interest of all the property owners in the area.
“It’s a great idea,” Durbin said. “I don’t know what will happen in the future. I might have someone on the end of the building that will need a Blackjack Road address.”
He added that he does see a lot of truck traffic turning around at the property.
The proposal was discussed when Sanoh started to build the new manufacturing facility. Mavis explained the goal at the time was to rename the entire southern section of Blackjack Road, which extended beyond the city limits to Clinton and Miller townships. Because of the resistance by the township trustees, the plan was dropped.
Fire Chief Chris Menapace said he believed passage of the legislation was the right move from a public safety standpoint. He did state that he would like county commissioners and township trustees to consider extending the name change all the way to Sharp Road to maintain continuity for fire and law enforcement dispatch purposes.
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