Effort To End Duplicate Street Names Is Criticized

JACKSON, MI (WLNS) – An effort to weed out the potentially confusing use of duplicate street names in Jackson County is facing criticism from some officials.

County commissioners last week approved changes. Our media partners at the Jackson Citizen Patriot say an ordinance calls for no identical street names between county municipalities and requires property owners to display their address or face a misdemeanor charge.

The update was enacted to improve public safety by eliminating duplicate street names and confusing house-number sequences. Townships and villages are able to opt out of the ordinance by passing a resolution declaring they “accept responsibility and liability” for street names.

Commissioner Philip Duckham, who opposed the revisions, says that under the changes if a community opts out and gets sued “they might as well just bring their checkbook to the courthouse.”

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