KYLE, Texas — The Kyle City Council approved a resolution to rename the entire length of Rebel Drive to “Fajita Drive;” however, that decision has been put on hold due to some negative feedback.
“The intention of the council was good, and I applaud the council for their heartfelt remarks in support of Fajita Drive at Tuesday’s meeting," Mayor Travis Mitchell said. "That said, the community has expressed more discomfort with the naming than we anticipated. As such, we will hold a public hearing on the item at the next council meeting and will decide what to do from there.”
Now, they are looking for a new name. As of now, the street is named West Ranch to Market Road 150 – its state-assigned designation.
Kyle is looking for voluntary participants for its renaming committee. You must meet certain qualifications to apply. Members of the Commission must be:
- City of Kyle resident
- At least 18 years of age
- A citizen of the U.S.
- A qualified voter of the city
- Have been a resident of the state of Texas and the city for at least 12 consecutive months
- Not delinquent on any indebtedness to the City
Those interested can apply online. The deadline to apply is Sept. 14.
The vote on Aug. 18 was an effort “to be more reflective of the City’s diverse community and history,” the City said in a statement.
Fajita Drive was an homage to Kyle’s place in fajita history, with Juan Antonio “Sonny” Falcón known for selling the first fajita taco in September of 1969 at a concession booth at a Diez & Seis celebration. Falcón became known as “The Fajita King” and helped popularize the dish throughout Central Texas, making appearances at rodeos, fairs and festivals.
“When we name our public places and roads, we need to try to not only take this city’s cultural diversity into consideration but our history and who and what we are memorializing with these names,” Mayor Travis Mitchell said.
The City said the renamed street would extend from the road’s southern end at West Center Street 1.67 miles north to the intersection of North Old Stagecoach Road/FM 2770.
The U.S. Postal Service is expected to work with the City if the name is changed and will deliver mail to both street names for one year. All current residents and businesses on the street would be notified of the change. The City would ask all business owners, property owners and current residents to fill out a change-of-address form with USPS and notify these contacts:
- State tax agency
- Social Security Agency
- Driver's license
- Utilities, cable, phone and internet
- Bank/credit card
- Loan providers
- Magazine and subscription services
- Online shopping sites
- Doctor, dentist, veterinarian, etc.
- Family and friends
A notification will not be required at the Appraisal District, the Passport Office (except for applications currently processing) or the City of Kyle utility services.
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