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Jackson Co. Commissioners Table Decision To Change Name of Dead Indian Memorial Road

Jackson Co. Commissioners Table Decision To Change Name of Dead Indian Memorial Road

Posted: Nov. 2, 2017 3:26 PM
Updated: Nov. 2, 2017 4:41 PM

Dead Indian Memorial Road, one of the oldest roads in Jackson County, will keep the current name, for now.
The Jackson County Board of Commissioners decided Thursday to table the decision for a name change.
The Jackson County Roads Dept. brought the issue forward to commissioners after receiving comments about the name of the road monthly.

Dozens of people spoke at a public hearing a couple weeks ago to give their opinion.

Nearly 500 people sent letters and signed petitions supporting a name change.

About 32 said they would not support a change in those written responses.

John Vial with the Jackson County Roads Department says the board was not obligated to vote on this, nor was this a formal land use action.

The decision to table it means the board could revisit this someday or not bring it up again.

John Vial says, "The Board of Commissioners is charged with making this decision, this is their job and responsibility. I'm comfortable with this decision. Do I think there are people offended that will continue to comment? Yes. Do I think there will be people opposed? Yes.
Do I think this issue is going to go away? No, I don't."

Vial says the Jackson County Roads Department recommended changing the name but after today's tabling, they will not bring this issue forward again unless something changes in the future.

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