July 25, 2016

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‘Old Weymouth’ is new name for familiar road

MEDINA TWP. — Some township residents may be getting new addresses. But they won’t be moving.

Residents of South Weymouth Road have petitioned Medina County commissioners to change the street’s name to “Old Weymouth Road” and county maps soon may show the change.

Following a public hearing Monday, Commissioner Stephen D. Hambley said the board will pass a resolution to change the name in early to mid-August.

Hambley said time is needed to notify police, fire and utilities of the name change.

He said the residents of the street also will have to notify their creditors and change their addresses at the post office.

South Weymouth Road runs from Weymouth Road (state Route 3), north of Hamlin Road, to Weymouth Road, where it intersects with Hamilton Road, near Interstate 71.

It was once Route 3, and has been called many names in its history, including Main Street and Weymouth Diagonal Road.

“South Weymouth Road is the old state Route 3, so there has been a bit of confusion about what is South Weymouth Road because it runs basically parallel to Weymouth Road,” county Highway Engineer Mike Salay said.

Residents who petitioned the commissioners for the change said the name has been confusing and drivers frequently get lost in the neighborhoods along the road.

“We thought it wouldn’t really hurt to change it, because it only has 47 homes on it, so why don’t we get it back to something more historic and less confusing,” said Susan McKiernan, who lives at 3306 S. Weymouth.

There are two businesses on the road — Lamphear’s Lawn Services, 3502, and Paul Hunsaker Jeweler, 3287, and two churches — Weymouth Community Church, 3398, and Holy Martyrs Church, 3100.

McKiernan said both businesses and Weymouth Community Church all voted in favor of the change. Holy Martyrs’ bishop abstained from the vote, she said.

“I would have thought the businesses and church might be opposed because they had letterheads to change,” she said. “Actually, I thought it would be a lot longer and harder process.”

In all, 43 of the road’s residents voted in favor of the change, with only two opposed and two abstaining.

Salay said as soon as the commissioners pass the resolution, the name change will be made in the county’s tax map system and they will begin making new signs.

Contact reporter Dan Pompili at (330) 721-4012 or dpompili@medina-gazette.com.