Belton group continues pushing for MLK street in town

POSTED: Tuesday, June 11, 2013 - 2:56pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, June 11, 2013 - 10:33pm

It's been a long road for a committee in Belton, hoping to get one of the city's streets renamed.

Since August of last year, the African American Churches United organization, AACU, has been pushing a policy they've developed to get an MLK street in town. But, one thing stands in their way; property owners have not agreed to allow the streets to be renamed. So, the city council is considering changing the street naming process.

"We'd like a street named after Martin Luther King Jr. But, finding the right place has been difficult and the right process, really," said city spokesman Paul Romer.

The AACU has been denied two previous proposals to rename either Second Avenue or Alexander Streets. The city says they would like an MLK street, but they don't want to upset property owners either.

The city council will meet Tuesday night to decide if they'll change the street naming process. Under the changes, there are two options. Council members could decided that to change a street name there must be at least 70% approval from respondents. (The current policy is that if someone doesn't respond, their vote is automatically counted as a "no".) Or, the other option is that if more than 50% are against renaming a street, then the street won't be renamed. If one of those options is adopted, the AACU will then have to reapply to get another vote for a street name change.


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