Family wants to leave its stamp on township

LISBON – County commissioners have been asked to rename a Franklin Township road after one of the property owners along the road.

The petition to change the name of Meister Road to Briceland Road was presented to commissioners at this week’s meeting by Franklin Township Trustee Fred May, who said the people who live on the road requested the change about a year ago.

The trustees voted at their Nov. 21 meeting to change the name, with the final step in the process requiring commissioner approval.

The majority of property owner appears to be the Briceland family, who May said have lived there for years, and he indicated they were the ones requesting the name change. He said the only other affected property is Jeff Ketchum, and he has no objections, although Summitcrest Holdings owns property on the southern end of Meister Road, which runs from state Route 518 to Yellow Creek Church Road, a distance of 1.4 miles.

Commission Chairman Mike Halleck said he would like to have the input of county Engineer Bert Dawson before making any decision, and plans were made for Dawson and commissioners to view the road with May.

In other action, commissioners agreed to close two unused alleys in front of the Negley Fire Hall. The petition to close the alleys was submitted by the fire department and Stephen Yanni, the only other affected property owner, and the request has the support of Middleton Township trustees.

A public hearing on the petition was held at the meeting, but no one for or against the request showed up.

Also, Commissioner Tim Weigle reported the Multi-County Juvenile Attention System formally agreed to hook into a county water line being run along County Home Road in Center Township. The Tobin Center, operated by MCJAS, is located along the path of the waterline.