HUNTERSVILLE – Shakespeare’s Juliet might rethink “what’s in a name?” if she lived on one of the area streets that have caused confusion over their monikers.
A fire revealed the problem with two streets named the same in Cornelius, and a Mecklenburg County error changed a Huntersville street name without anyone’s knowledge.
Huntersville resident Art Cummings said he first noticed something was amiss last summer when street signs went up saying Greenway Street in lieu of Greenway Drive.
He’s no stranger to random changes because the town board had previously switched his house number, saying it was originally done incorrectly.
Mecklenburg County real estate records list Cummings’ mailing address on Greenway Drive, but the same form lists his property location as Greenway Street. The majority of his bills, including car registration, are addressed to Greenway Drive, but his drivers’ license was recently changed to Greenway Street, Cummings said.
While it hasn’t been a problem for emergency personnel, it has caused some confusion. On three separate occasions, mailed packages have not been delivered and instead left at the post office with the message “unable to locate address.”
Huntersville Commissioner Melinda Bales said that shouldn’t happen anymore.
“It’s my understanding that the county redid their programming of the streets, they put it in as street and not drive,” she said. “It’s been identified as a mistake. We hope to have a new sign up in a couple weeks, and we are working on the county level to get it updated.”
Cornelius staff are also working with the county to fix a dilemma. As previously reported, a resident alerted the town of a problem on Country Club Lane after the fire department went to the wrong street — with the same name.
Town Manager Anthony Roberts said at the Feb. 3 town board meeting that officials are considering renaming Country Club Lane, connecting John Gamble Road and Torrence Chapel Road. Emergency crews have told him simply changing the extension — street, lane, circle, etc. — wouldn’t help the issue. The name may change to Turtle Mist Lane, Roberts said.
Names have to be approved by the Charlotte 911 communications department prior to the board’s vote.