Arcadia Town Council passes resolution to rename ‘Sixth Street’

By Michelle Bates

A resolution was passed in April’s Arcadia Town Council meeting declaring Sixth Street as officially Martin Luther King Jr. Drive. Mayor O’Landis Millican said the resolution was passed to officially put it on record that the name of the street had changed. According to the resolution passed, “no formal resolution was entered into the record.”

The name change caused some concern with previous council members because there was confusion by the E-911 office, which has the authority to issue “street addresses or physical addresses where no numbers have been issued.”

Jim Martin, administrator for the Bienville Parish Communications District, said the name change has to go through a process before it becomes official. “We packaged that information together from the council today (Tuesday), and we’ll send that to the post office in Baton Rouge. Then they actually implement the address change,” he said. “It’s not an official name change until the post office accepts the name change.”

Once it goes through and is accepted by the post office, letters will be sent to those affected notifying them of the street’s name change. Martin gave no timeline as to when the letters would be sent, but it will be after it is approved in Baton Rouge.

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