County should accept college's request for Orchard Hills Parkway

We think the Coweta County Commission got it wrong — twice — in not voting to allow the name of the entrance road to the new Coweta campus of West Georgia Technical College to be “Orchard Hills Parkway.”
If you recall, the commissioners denied that name in a May 15 vote. On Tuesday, the West Georgia Technical College Foundation asked the commissioners to reconsider the name. Again, the commissioners denied the name in a 3-2 vote.
It makes all the sense in the world to have the name Orchard Hills Parkway. After all, Orchard Hills Golf Properties donated 38 acres to the foundation to build the stand-alone Coweta college campus. That was the largest private gift to the Technical College System of Georgia.
Naming the road in honor of this generous donor is a no-brainer, except for the fact that three of our county commissioners are overreacting to a safety issue that was recently resolved by renaming one of two roads with similar names.
The commissioners claim they don’t want to create another unsafe, confusing situation by allowing Orchard Hills Parkway when there are already four streets in the county with “orchard” in the name. But none of those streets are named Orchard Hills Parkway.
We appreciate the commissioners’ concern for safety, but Orchard Hills Parkway would not create a dangerous situation like what existed on Walt Sanders Road, where a narrow road and railroad track were issues for lost truckers. Orchard Hills Parkway won’t be a narrow road with a railroad. It will be a parkway.
Commissioner Tim Lasseter, who supported the name, pointed out, “I think this situation is a little, if not a lot, different from [Walt Sanders].” Lassetter is correct.

We have hundreds of roads in Newnan and Coweta County with the same words in the name — many of these existing road names can be much more confusing than Orchard Hills Parkway.

Earlier, the Coweta Commission took no action on a request from the technical college for the county to financially support the new college. Now, twice, the commission has balked at naming a road leading to the campus in honor of the donor of the land for the campus. Our county leaders need to get behind and support this much-needed Coweta technical college campus, which can be so important to the economic development, the work force, and the citizens of this growing community.



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