Berkeley begins address-changing project

August 01, 1997


Staff Writer, Martinsburg

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The Berkeley County Commission Thursday approved an ordinance for its address conversion project.

Mary Kackley, the county's 911 director, said field verification work, which began Tuesday, will take "about six to eight weeks to do the entire county, including the municipalities." Crews will identify houses, businesses, schools, churches and all other buildings for the enhanced 911 system's database.

The address conversion was the subject of a two-hour public meeting Wednesday where several people in a crowd of about 60 asked the county to help pay for the replacement of road signs in private developments.

Kackley said just one field verifier is in the county this week, although others will come in as needed. In addition to buildings, they will be mapping locations of fire hydrants, other water sources and free-standing pay phones.


The address conversion process entails changing almost every address in the county and renaming many duplicate and similar-sounding roads that sometimes make it difficult for police, fire and ambulance personnel to find the scene of an emergency.

Unnamed roads with three or more houses will be getting names. Field verifiers will leave road-naming forms with residents on unnamed roads.

Kackley is asking residents to cooperate with the field verifiers. The work is being done by MSAG Data Consultants of Orange, Va., which specializes in developing databases for 911 systems.

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