Proposed guidelines for naming roads, bridges and buildings in honor of people were presented to the Dickson County Commission Tuesday night. County Historian Alan Ragan, a member of a five-member Memorial Committee appointed by Mayor Bob Rial, asked commissioners to review the proposal, which could then be adopted at the March 18 meeting. Rial said the goal in creating the committee is to come up with guidelines for naming county properties in honor of citizens so there is some uniformity in handling requests. Ragan said the committee used guidelines established in other counties as well as some of their own ideas. Ragan presented five basic criteria plus some other suggested considerations. The person being memorialized must have been deceased at least 10 years prior to the request. Ragan said exceptions can be made for law enforcement and military personnel who lose their lives in the line of duty. He said the purpose of naming something for people is to honor them because they are remembered, and not because they might be forgotten, and their contributions should be significant enough to make them memorable even 10 years later. The request for naming must be submitted to the county in writing by a non-relative. The cost of initial signage designating the road, bridge or building must be funded through a source other than tax dollars. Ragan said that families or service groups can come up with the funds, that way decisions on making memorial dedications will not be based on the county’s budget. The person to be honored must have been a Dickson County native or have lived in the county for a “significant period” of his or her life. And all signage must meet the specifications of area public safety agencies. Other general criteria include the person to be honored must have positively influenced a large populace of the county through significant contributions of time, talents, finances, materials or land or must have been a well known community leader by election, appointment or volunteer. Ragan said the county also can consider a sunset date at which such a memorial naming would expire, so other people could be similarly honored. Ragan said there will be people worthy of such honors for generations to come and the county could eventually run out of things to name. If someone’s contributions are worthy of a continued memorialization, then the sponsoring person or group could apply to have it renewed at its expiration. Ragan said once the criteria are approved, the committee will establish an application that would be available at the courthouse and a review process.