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Local pastors fight for street to be named after Martin Luther King Jr.

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Local pastors gathered at Belton's City Council to fight for a street to be named after the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Reverend Dr. Victor Hill and Belton's African American Churches United have been fighting for this change since January 2012. They have tried to have two streets changed to honor Dr. King, most recently Alexander and South Davis.

They argue that a street name change should be grand fathered in because they presented the petition before City Council's policy that seventy percent of property owners must agree for a street name to be changed.

"I cannot begin to show my disappointment for these new criteria's for the seventy percent thing, that prior to this was never an issue," Pastor Mark Hart explains to News Channel 25's Markeya Thomas.

Belton mayor Jim Covington said the issue is not whether or not they want to honor Dr. King with a street name, but residents are not in favor it. Other city council members believe it is necessary to name a street name after Dr. King, and the policy should be override.

City council has asked for the city staff to create a proposal to determine how to handle the issue.

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