Tompkins County
New York

Feb 1, 2018 9:30 AM

Request to Officially Name the Stream "Sixmile Creek" as Six Mile Creek


Department:Tompkins County LegislatureSponsors:
Category:Roads and Bridges


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  2. Six Mile Creek recommendation form (This file has not yet been converted to a viewable format)

Resolution/Document Body

WHEREAS, Six Mile Creek in Tompkins County is listed by the United States Board on Geographic Names as “Sixmile Creek”, and


WHEREAS, common usage in Tompkins County is to refer to this stream as “Six Mile Creek”, and


WHEREAS, the use of the name “Six Mile Creek” goes back at least to 1829, according to the Tompkins County Historian, and


WHEREAS, Timothy Larkin, a Tompkins County resident, has initiated the formal process of officially changing the name to “Six Mile Creek”, and


WHEREAS, the United States Board on Geographic Names requests local municipalities to weigh-in on requests for name changes, now therefore be it


RESOLVED, on recommendation of the Government Operations Committee, That the Chair of the Tompkins County Legislature be authorized to sign and submit a Geographic Name Proposal Recommendation form to the United States Board on Geographic Names, confirming that the Tompkins County Legislature believes this stream should be officially known as “Six Mile Creek”.


Meeting History

Jan 16, 2018 4:30 PM  Government Operations Committee Special Meeting

Mr. Braga spoke about the resolution to correct the spelling of Six Mile Creek and said he would also like to encourage the Committee and community to follow the precedent of also recognizing the indigenous names for natural features. I asked that consideration be taken to also request the federal government to recognize the creek’s name in Cayuga. He said written sources have the creek’s name as Teegastoweas. He urged Legislators to contact the government of the Cayuga Nation to determine the other proper name for Six Mile Creek and to modify the proposed resolution to reflect these findings.

Mr. Klein said the original request about the spelling of Six Mile Creek came from a resident.

Mr. Lane said representatives of USGS contacted the County and agreed it is the spelling that is in question. The Bicentennial Commission has been discussing a similar topic and said it is asking the City to consider adding signage on Cayuga Street that includes Indigenous Cayuga language.

Following further discussion, the Committee agreed to postpone action on the resolution to allow time to look into having a dual name for Six Mile Creek.

RESULT:NO ACTION TAKENNext: 2/1/2018 9:30 AM
Feb 1, 2018 9:30 AM  Government Operations Committee Regular Meeting
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MOVER:Rich John, Member
SECONDER:Amanda Champion, Member
AYES:Daniel Klein, Deborah Dawson, Rich John, Michael Lane, Amanda Champion