Informal meetings set on Jerusalem addressing quandary

Staff Writer
The Chronicle Express

Informational meetings are planned for Town of Jerusalem residents living along roads where street names and numbers are involved in the address proposal under consideration by the Town Board. These meetings will be at the Branchport Fire House at 7 p.m. on two dates.

The Sept. 11 meeting will be held for the residents along State Route 54A from Indian Pines Farm Market to the water plant, Lower West Lake Road, and State Route 54A south of Branchport to discuss the possible renaming of sections of 54A and Lower West Lake Road as:

•  “Penn Yan West Lake Road” - the section of State Route 54A from the village limits of Penn Yan (near Indian Pines Farm Market) to the intersection with Lower West Lake Road (near water plant) and continuing onto the road known as Lower West Lake Road to its intersection with Central Avenue. Thereby establishing a name for this length of road that is unique, self-descriptive and historically based.  

• “Branchport West Lake Road” - the section of State Route 54A from the limits of Branchport south to the Steuben County line. Thereby re-establishing its historical name.  

A meeting on Sept. 15 will be held for the residents along State Route 54A from the water plant to the main intersection in Branchport, Main Street and North Main Street in Branchport to discuss the possible renaming of sections of State Route 54A and a section of Guyanoga Road as:

• “Penn Yan - Branchport Road” - the section of State Route 54A from the intersection near the water treatment plant to the main intersection in Branchport.  Thereby establishing a name for the road between Penn Yan and Branchport that is self-descriptive and truly meaningful to all.

• “Main Street” - the section of State Route 54A from the main intersection in Branchport to the limits of Branchport. Thereby re-establishing its historical name.  

• “North Main Street” - the section of Guyanoga Road from the main intersection in Branchport north to the limits of Branchport. Thereby re-establishing its historical name.  

At both meetings the assigning of new street numbers along these roads will also be discussed.  Proposed is a modification of the old lake numbers. This can be accomplished by adding a digit to the end of the current number. This additional digit could be any numeral from 0 to 9 and would be assigned according to side of road (odd/even) and relative position along the road, explains Bob Johnson, one of the organizers of the study and proposal.

Any letters currently in use would be discarded. This will keep all the familiar aspects of the old numbers and allow for enough additional numbers to meet current and foreseeable future needs.

These meetings are being held to share information about the proposal with the residents, and to learn about proposal support and concerns the residents along these roads have. Members of the Addressing Committee and Jerusalem Councilman Ray Stewart will be on hand to answer questions.

The complete proposal as presented to the Town Board can found on the Internet at www.jerusalem-ny.org.