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Braselton keeps Friendship Road name in town

POSTED: March 12, 2013 12:00 a.m.

The town of Braselton maintains the Hall County Board of Commissioners overstepped its authority with the recent renaming of Ga. 347 to Lanier Islands Parkway.

A vote Monday night expressed Town Council’s feeling that Braselton “does not recognize Hall County’s purported renaming of Friendship Road.”

The Braselton council in a resolution ratifies Friendship Road as the route’s name within the town’s boundaries.

The ordinance states, “No authority exists for a county to unilaterally change the name of a state route within the corporate limits of a municipality” and Braselton “is desirous of defending its right and sovereignty to prevent a name change of such roads running through its jurisdiction absent its consent.”

Councilwoman Peggy Slappey made the motion to approve the resolution. Mayor Pro Tem Richard Mayberry seconded, and Councilman Dudley Ray made the motion unanimous. Mayor Bill Orr and Councilman Tony Funari were absent.

A couple of Hall commissioners seemed undeterred, though.

“They can name whatever they want to name it. But in Hall County, it will be Lake Lanier Islands Parkway, irregardless of what they want to do,” board of commissioners Chairman Richard Mecum said.

“I have to do what’s best for the county,” Commissioner Scott Gibbs said. “Nobody ever wins if it goes to court, except the attorneys; and I like attorneys, I just hate to see them do well off the county.”

While no comments were made about possible legal action, Orr has previously said the town could pursue litigation if the name change were approved in spite of overwhelming community opposition.

Orr said at the town’s recent strategic planning session that his efforts to talk with commissioners about the name proposal had fallen on deaf ears. None of the other comments from the community seemed to be heard either, according to Orr, who said the meetings were merely for show.

In a January letter, Orr had suggested a new name should pay tribute to both destinations along the route and name Ga. 347 from I-985 to Spout Springs as Lanier Islands Parkway and designate the road from Spout Springs to Ga. 211 as Chateau Elan Parkway.

Orr has expressed his displeasure about Braselton having no input into the commission’s decision.

“The mayor does not think the Hall County Board of Commissioners has the authority to rename a road in the town,” said Town Manager Jennifer Dees. She said the resolution, drafted by City Attorney Gregory Jay, spells out the town’s contention that commissioners have no legal authority to rename town roadways.

“The town is mindful of the rich history and heritage of Friendship Road and its inhabitants and its significance to the region,” the resolution reads.

“To the extent necessary and in affirming the present name,” the council ratified Ga. 347, including any future realignment ending at Ga. 211 within the town, as Friendship Road.


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