CAMP VERDE - In a river town, many people want to have a river view. Around Camp Verde, apparently a lot of people wanted to live on River View Drive.
That led to three different roads having that same name at the same time.
That, in turn, has caused confusion for emergency-response teams, package deliverers and visitors. Requests went before the Town and Yavapai County to remedy the situation.
South River View Drive is a private lane serving 20 properties south of Camp Verde in an unincorporated area.
East River View Drive is also south of Camp Verde off Salt Mine Road. It becomes Beasley Flat Road and leads to the Beasley Flat Recreation Area. It has 17 adjoining properties. July 21, the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors will decide whether to unify the name and make it all Beasley Flat Road.
North River View Drive is in the incorporated boundaries of Camp Verde (specifically off Park Verde Road in the Middle Verde area). It has 16 adjoining properties. Wednesday, the Camp Verde Town Council defied the opinion of the fire chief and the county 911 coordinator and voted not to change its name.
The street names are what Fire Chief Terry Keller has called the "nuances of roads in Camp Verde." In his letter to the Town, he stated, despite inconveniences, "It is in the best interest of the residents that there be no duplication of street names within the District."
Response times for the fire district to incidents on North River View Drive, he said, have varied from seven to 25 minutes because of the replication.
Fire Marshal Kristi Gagnon told county 911 Coordinator Toni Ketchum the mix-up has caused fire captains to be dispatched to the wrong location.
The names of these roads have been in place since the late 1960s and early '70s. When the county notified neighbors of the possible name change to Beasley Flat Road, apparently not one person objected.
On the Camp Verde street, neighbors did object. They complained that, as town residents, they would have to make major changes to their lives only because of a county road problem and confused dispatchers. The stated inconveniences include changes to all mail correspondence including banking institutions and to legal documents, driver licenses and business cards.
The change, they said, was unfair and unnecessary, and incidents of confusion have been very rare.
For Camp Verde, the cost of a new street sign would have been $30. Installing it has a labor cost of $100.
The county will consider waiving the street name-change filing fee "for purposes of public safety" if supervisors do change the name of East River View Drive.