The primary purpose for the Street Name Committee is to make sure that requested street names are not too similar to existing street names.
This could cause undue lengthy response times due to emergency vehicles responding to wrong locations as a result of miscommunication or misunderstanding.
For this reason, the Board of Selectmen decided to appoint the two heads of the Town's Public Safety Departments to this committee.
Street names, along with sub-division plans are submitted to the Planning Board. They are then submitted to the Street Name Committee for approval.
The Director of the Emergency Medical Service/ Fire Chief, and the Police Chief then meet and decide whether or not the names are in conflict with other existing streets.
This information is then passed back to the Planning Board with the recommendation of approval for adoption or rejected for re-naming.