By Chris Fish
MELBOURNE - The Melbourne City Council approved a street renaming for a portion of Ted Huff Road to the name Revolution Technologies Way during its regular City Council meeting Tuesday, Aug. 14.
"We just want to let everyone know the street name is changing," said Paul Gougleman, Melbourne city attorney. "We are going to contact people at the county who operate the 911 emergency response system, so they are aware of the name change."
Ted Huff Road is a privately maintained roadway on Melbourne International Airport property, north and south of Nasa Boulevard between Airport Boulevard and Eddie Allen Road in Melbourne.
The vote for the name change for the street was unanimous after councilmember Kathy Meehan made the motion to proceed with the vote.
City Clerk Cathy Wysor said the name change for the road was brought to the council by airport staff at Melbourne International Airport, due to a request from Revolution Technologies, a company that provides a full range of information technology and manage consulting and staffing services.
"It came to us from Melbourne International Airport after Rick Cloutier (director of operations) brought the (need for the name change) to the city," Ms. Wysor said. "They are working with a company at the airport, and this company actually requested the name change. The road is privately maintained, and the city engineer reviewed the city code and found that it would have no adverse impacts on the traveling public or emergency services."
To approve the name change for the street, Mr. Gougleman said procedure calls for areas of Chapter 28 of the municipal code, a code dealing with streets, sidewalks and other public areas, to be amended to show the proposed name change of the new street.
If the City Council approves the name change with a vote, no other procedures are necessary.
While members of the council were in favor of the change, not every resident seemed pleased with the decision.
"Name changes sometimes in this town can be real controversial," said Melbourne resident Eric Ellebracht during public comment at the meeting. "I realize what happened here. This was one of those things where we dangled (an opportunity for a business) where, if they build their business here, we will change the street to their name. I think we are acting rash here. We came really close one time to having a street named Nokia Way."