Letter: Springmill vs. Spring Mill


Dear Westfield Planning & Zoning Division,

As a Westfield resident of a subdivision along Spring Mill Road, I am becoming frustrated with the lack of attention to detail when signage is placed which uses the single word Springmill.

For example, when our street signage was upgraded to the new federal standards (compare the intersections at 146th vs. Ind. 32), several locations lost signs with the correct “Spring Mill Road” and were converted to “Springmill Road.” Now, with the new subdivisions being built north of 146th Street, the subdivisions are readying to name their subdivision with this incorrect use of the name — for example: Ryland’s new ‘Springmill Park’ at 169th.

Spring Mill is clearly a descriptive two-word name, which gives the visual of a mill along a spring/brook/creek. This is an appealing visual for those in the area. The single word “Springmill” looks like the misuse of two common words in English and frankly looks like someone misspelled it, for lack of attention or education. Some may have seen the embarrassing example on U.S. 31 where the new, very large, highway ramp signage near 116th St. spelled ‘Pennsilvania St.’ That spelling error made it through manufacturing all the way to delivery at the construction site. Thankfully, INDOT covered the incorrect ‘i’ and promptly corrected the sign to spell ‘Pennsylvania’.

Lack of education in English should not be an impression Westfield leaves as it develops. I also see this same trend starting to occur with Oak Ridge Road, albeit not to the extent Spring Mill suffers.

As the decision-makers in Westfield’s planning and zoning, you have the authority to approve/deny/enforce correct usage of the names of your roads. I implore you to please guide, prod, or require proper usage of the two-word name of Spring Mill Road. You also have the authority to make the request to correct some of the misspelled signage already in place.

I want Westfield to be a high-class city and strive for continued excellence, just as Carmel does, and fight to maintain that impression over time.

Jeanne Hunter



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