By Stu Salkeld The Stettler Independent
What’s in a name? At County of Stettler council, it’s probably a large bill to the taxpayers.
The issue of re-naming Range Road 19-3 was placed on the agenda at the request of Councilor Joe Gendre, who stated in the agenda package, “There seems to be some sensitivity on the DNR/Range Road 19–3 road name. Can we add this road to our agenda to be named?”
He noted it applies to range Road 19-3 north of Hwy #12. Joe noted there are lots of named roads in the County of Stettler already, so it wouldn’t be unusual.
Councilor James Nibourg noted that Stewartwyn Road was re-named, yet most residents still call it by a previous name. He said the average ratepayer tends to use the old names that everyone is familiar with.
Councilor Greg Jackson said the county taxpayers have already paid for signs that identify it as “Range Rd 19-3,’ and a new name, which would require new signs, is not necessary.
Nibourg said he wouldn’t necessarily have a problem with this request if it came from the ratepayers demanding a road be named, but he felt Gendre’s request was unnecessary. Nibourg also noted unnecessary new signs as a reason he couldn’t support the idea.
A motion to move ahead with re-naming Range Road 19-3 was defeated in a 6-2 vote.