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County residents expected to receive addresses soon

April 14, 2003|by DAVE McMILLION

charlestown@herald-mail.com

Jefferson County officials working on a new 911 addressing system for the county are ready to inform county residents of their new addresses.

Under the enhanced 911 system, an address is being assigned to every 5.28 feet of road frontage in the county, county officials said.

By assigning an address every 5.28 feet, a logical address numbering system will be established for the county no matter how much the county develops, county officials said.

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The improved addressing system is designed to help emergency response crews and police find homes easier.

Part of the process involved eliminating duplicate road names in the county.

Most road signs in the county, particularly those in private subdivisions, do not conform to federal highway administration standards, Jeffrey Polczynski, the county's director of communications, said in a press release.

At the county's expense, new signs will be installed, Polczynski said.

It is not clear from the press release when homeowners will begin using their new addresses.

All people living in the unincorporated areas of the county and the town of Bolivar are affected by the addressing changes, Polczynski said.

Officials had said earlier it was unclear if current addressing systems in towns would work under the new program.

County residents wanting to know more information about the new addressing system can call 304-724-6759.

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