The Vermont Statutes Online

Title 10: Conservation and Development

Chapter 9: GEOGRAPHIC NAMES

§ 151. Terminology and spelling

(a) The state librarian is authorized to furnish for any federal or state publication the proper terminology and spelling of any geographic name in Vermont and may advise the United States postal service regarding the proper selection and spelling of the name of a Vermont post office or any railroad company regarding the use and spelling of the name of a Vermont station. The state librarian is authorized to function in collaboration with the United States board on geographic names and to conduct his operations similarly.

(b) The names used in the topographic maps of the state now being prepared by the United States geological survey in cooperation with the state shall be spelled in accordance with the recommendations of the state librarian. (Amended 1959, No. 329 (Adj. Sess.), § 45, eff. March 1, 1961.)

§ 152. Authority to name roads and geographic locations

The board of libraries is hereby designated the state agency to name roads and geographic locations including but not limited to mountains, streams, lakes and ponds upon petition signed by not less than 25 interested persons or by petition of an administrative department of the state. (1961, No. 139, § 3, eff. May 24, 1961; amended 1969, No. 226 (Adj. Sess.), § 2, eff. March 31, 1970.)

§ 153. Procedure

When the board receives a petition to act under section 152 of this title it shall give reasonable notice to each administrative department of the state having jurisdiction of the road or location to be named, and to each town in which the road or location lies of the time and place when it will hear all interested parties. (1961, No. 139, § 4, eff. May 24, 1961.)

§ 154. Standards

The board in choosing names shall give preference to historical events, historic persons and flora and fauna native to Vermont, names characteristic to Vermont and its traditions and local place names where long usage has made them appropriate and useful. (1961, No. 139, § 5, eff. May 24, 1961.)