Hubbard County adopts road-naming policy

New policy is similar to Beltrami County's.


The Hubbard County Board approved a road-naming policy, as suggested by the Environmental Services Office (ESO).

ESO Director Eric Buitenwerf said staff reviewed neighboring counties’ policies.

“We essentially came up with a proposal that would be akin to what Beltrami County is doing, which is to put the responsibility on the party seeking the road name change to get consent from all the affected property owners as well as the post office and any road authority that would be involved,” Buitenwerf said. “Then they would submit it to us. As long as the road name was proper and isn’t something that’s out of line or inappropriate, we’d more than likely approve that and then we’d charge them the cost of the new addresses and road signs that would be needed.”

County commissioner Tom Krueger asked if road name changes have to stay within an alphabetical order.

Yes, replied both county commissioner Char Christenson and Buitenwerf.


The whole county has an alphanumeric grid system, Buitenwerf continued, so depending on the geography of where the road is, that dictates which letter the road name must begin with.

Christenson asked about possible reasons for a change request.

Sam Lively, GIS supervisor, said it’s often personal preference. One resident felt a road name was too long, he said. Another wanted the name to reflect the name of the local river: Kabekona instead of Mississippi River Road.

Christenson said the policy was “clear cut and easy to understand.” She made the motion to approve, which was unanimous.

In other business, the board approved the purchase of 15 laptops. Social Services Director Brian Ophus said roughly 55 percent of the expense will be covered by the state government.

Shannon Geisen is editor of the Park Rapids Enterprise.
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