Road name change approved

By Monroe Roark
Times Correspondent

The Henry County Board of Commissioners voted at its Aug. 18 meeting to change the name of a road in one of the county’s industrial parks, naming it after a business that has recently located there.

According to a staff report, a representative from Medline Industries made a request in July through the application process to change Bethlehem Bottoms Road to Medline Place. The road in question is a dead-end road off Greenwood Industrial Parkway that ends a few hundred feet from I-75 just south of Exit 216 (Hwy. 155).

County staff recommended denial because the requested change was for a single business at the end of the road, adding that other sites on that road will likely be developed in the future and those business owners probably would not want the name of their road to be that of another business.

County DOT director Terry McMickle reiterated those concerns in his presentation to the board, saying that for now there are no other businesses on that road.

“My concern is that if we name it after a business, how receptive would other businesses coming in be to that?" he asked. "The question is whether we want to put a business name as the name of a road when other occupants will eventually come in.”

McMickle said there is no road name duplication, no concern expressed by 911 officials or anything that typically necessitates a change in a road name.

Commissioner Brian Preston noted that he has had to deal with issues in his own business surrounding a name change, such as address changes and the assorted hassles that go with that. But that is not an issue here, he said, because no other businesses are on that road. Acknowledging that he has also spoken to the Henry County Development Authority about it and that Medline is making a substantial investment at this location, he called the name change “pretty benign.”

No one in the audience spoke for or against the request. It passed 4-1, with Chairman Tommy Smith voting against it. Commissioner Bruce Holmes was stuck in traffic and arrived at the meeting later.

In other business, the board voted unanimously to accept a Family Connection operating grant for Connecting Henry from the Georgia Department of Human Services.

Connecting Henry, a nonprofit organization, is a planning and coordinating agency for services and programs directed at improving child health, child development, family function, school performance and family economic policy.

Each year Connecting Henry receives funds through a reimbursement grant from the Georgia Department of Human Services. This grant requires no local match.

The grant funds for July 1-June 30 total $46,000.