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North Central Missouri Regional Water Commission Press Release
MILAN, MO: At the November 8, 2021, the North Central Missouri Regional Water Commission (NCMRWC) meeting, the Commissioners took up the issue of adopting a “Naming Convention” that will guide the naming of approximately 113 features at or near the East Locust Creek Reservoir ELCR. Features include, but are not limited to; roads, bridge, branches, coves, points, the marina, boat launch areas, shelters, fishing areas and recreational areas.
A Naming Convention is adopted by City Planners and other entities to; 1) create an identity or brand, 2) help with wayfinding, 3) market for visitors and fundraise, 4) differentiate the destination from others. A Naming Convention can also influence architectural design, aesthetic features and signage and material selection.
Because of the success in receiving a $22.4 million BUILD Grant (enabled by Senator Blunt and Congressman Graves) that will pay for 8 miles of paved road, 17 miles of improved gravel roads and four bridges, it became necessary to consider “re-naming” or naming four roads. As a condition of the grant, Sullivan County will take over a portion of Highway N (that will be bisected by the reservoir) to Highway Y/N and Highway VV and end at Highway B. In addition, there will be a new road constructed behind the dam connecting to the current Mayapple Road and ending at Highway N. It was, therefore, necessary for the Sullivan County Commission to consider the names. The NCMRWC asked the County Commission if they would allow the Commission to make recommendations in context with an ELCR Naming Convention and they agreed.
The Commission received a recommendation by the Project Team for the naming convention and shared with them alternatives that were considered and justification for their recommendation that the Guiding Principle for naming features would be tied to “Legacy and Heritage”, meaning, the legacy and heritage of the area. The citizens of Sullivan County and the landowners enabled the
ELCR, sometimes, sacrificing for the greater good that will benefit generations to come. Additionally, Federal and State officials worked tirelessly and with great determination to see that the three decade undertaking became a reality. It was thought by the Commissioners that these people should be memorialized and commemorated in some manner.
The Preamble to the Resolution adopting the naming convention reads:
The East Locust Creek Reservoir is dedicated to the hardworking and visionary people of the North Central Missouri Regional Water Commission, Sullivan County, Federal and State Officials, Elected Leadership and the Project Team who toiled for decades to make the dream of a regional water supply a reality. Their tireless commitment, determination and indomitable persistence are representative of the heritage and legacy of the American spirit that lives on. The East Locust Creek Reservoir stands as a monument to those past and present.
Recommendation to the Sullivan County Commission:
From the south on Highway 5:
• Current Mayapple Road off of Highway 5, that will connect to a newly constructed road connecting to Highway B to the east be named “Legacy Byway”. This is the replacement road for Highway N that will be bisected by the ELCR.
• Current Highway N that runs through Boynton and will be bisected by the ELCR; the western portion of Highway N be named “Boynton Road”.
• The eastern portion of N Highway connecting to Y Highway be named “Red Pump Road”.
• A new road to be constructed, currently known as the Mid-lake Crossing and connects to VV to B Highway in the east be named “Heritage Byway”.
It is believed the southern-most road and the northern-most road begins to introduce visitors to the notion of preserving the heritage of the area and the legacy of those who worked to make ELCR a reality