On the west side of I-77, the Poca River is Sissonville's northern boundary and Call Road is the southern boundary. Sissonville Drive and Clearview Heights Road is the western boundary.
But that's only the Census definition.
Signs along Old U.S. 21 near Sissonville High School indicate that Sissonville is actually six miles north of the school. But Sissonville Middle School, the Sissonville post office and the Sissonville library are all near the high school — and also six miles from "Sissonville."
Part of the problem with defining Sissonville also entails that signage, and the council discussed that concern as well.
And about that interstate . . .
There's a bit of confusion with the exits off I-77. Once motorists leave the highway, there still isn't much direction provided to Sissonville — particularly to the schools.
For example, at the Tuppers Creek Road exit, No. 111, drivers make a left onto Call Road toward Sissonville. However, when Call Road ends at Old U.S. 21, a sign directs drivers north toward Camp Virgil Tate or south to Guthrie Center — not to anywhere carrying the Sissonville name.
There's also Exit 116, designated "Sissonville" for southbound drivers. But for northbound drivers, Exit 111 is designated "Sissonville/Pocatalico."
To add to the confusion, at the end of the ramp for Exit 111, signs to Sissonville point to the north on Old U.S. 21, which is the opposite direction of Sissonville middle and high schools.
"It's a problem," said Lisa Godwin, a Sissonville-based insurance agent and a member of the council. "We have three exits, and it is confusing."
Crouser said signs are needed for branding, in addition to simple directions. But because residents of communities like Guthrie and Millertown may not want to be lumped in with Sissonville, the council would have to be careful how it proceeds.
"There are people that are very defensive of the names," said Tom Miller, a member of the Sissonville, Millertown, Pocatalico and Guthrie Volunteer Fire Department and of the council.
The council voted to establish a committee comprising of Godwin, Miller, Earl Scyoc and Chad Taylor to work with the state Division of Highways to create and erect signs.
"I'm so glad we're doing this," Godwin said.
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