The Waxahachie City Council passed an amendment to an existing city resolution regarding the naming of new or un-named public parks, buildings and facilities at its scheduled meeting held Monday night.
City Manager Paul Stevens said this issue was brought to the council’s attention when residents came before the city council and requested to name the new Fire Station No. 2 located on Wyatt after late minister Jacob Polk Sr. Residents wanted to honor Polk’s contribution to the city by naming the station after him.
Polk served as the minister at the Graham Street Church of Christ for more than 50 years and his former residence is located across the street from the new station.
“We did have a resolution and it did address changing of the street names and the renaming of city buildings but it was silent on the naming of new facilities,” Stevens said. “When the recent request came up about naming Fire Station No. 2 after Brother Polk, we realized that we probably needed to come up with something that would help us with the naming of new buildings.”
The new amendment states that the city council is solely responsibly for naming all city-owned facilities, structures and improvements, whether natural or manmade, including but not limited to building, parks and recreation facilities located within the city.
During the process to update the amendment the city consulted with the Waxahachie Independent School District and other area cities. City staff did find that not many cities had written formal policy’s addressing the issue and found that the city of Plano did have a written policy.
Stevens said if a naming request is brought before the council the council could handle it several ways. Some examples include holding a public hearing to solicit input from residents at a council meeting or to form a sub-committee made up of council members and the public to weed through suggestions.
Stevens said this issue is likely to come up again because the city will be building newer facilities to meet the growing population. If residents have a suggestion they can attend a city council meeting or submit that suggestion to the city in writing.
The council did reach a compromise at Monday’s meeting with residents on the request to name the fire station in Polk’s honor. A monument will be constructed at the new fire station to honor Polk’s service to the community.
The Waxahachie City Council meets at 7 p.m. on the first and third Monday of each month. City hall is located at 401 S. Rogers St. and can be reached at 972-937-7330.
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