Whether you live on Holmes Road in the West, Haig Road in the East, St. Paul Street in the South, or Bell Blvd in the North, a majority have an origin to the City of Belleville. There is a master list of potential street names that building contractors are asked to make a selection when developing sub-divisions. This list is from time to time updated by a committee who choose names of citizens who have made significant contributions to the City of Belleville. The file contains not only notable members of our community but also catchy words; for example, they might include a species of tree or a type of spice. What I did not realize until I visited City Hall, was that the list has to pass a 9-1-1 test, which is not just for the city of Belleville, but all of Hastings County. This test eliminates all potential candidates who might confuse dispatcher with pronunciation or a street with the same or similar name. I will be posting a reoccurring article with a randomly chosen city street, and it's origin starting next week. Below is a master list who qualify for potential streets in the City of Belleville. If you thought a name was on this list and no longer is, see the list further below of discarded candidates.
Below is a list which shows which names have been eliminated after being subjected to 9-1-1 scrutiny.
My father (Charlie Kammer) was tickled pink when he realized his name was chosen as a potential candidate around 2006. I am not surprised when the name was de-selected during 9-1-1 scrutiny, based on our life long mispronunciation of our last name.
Do our readers know anyone on these lists?