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Jefferson County residents have their new addresses

October 24, 2004|by CANDICE BOSELY

martinsburg@herald-mail.com

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. -The final piece of a plan to convert all of Jefferson County's addresses into a new system fell into place recently, with notification of the last new addresses sent to residents, officials said.

On Oct. 16, the Harpers Ferry (W.Va.) Post Office became the sixth and final county post office to notify its customers to use their new 911 addresses. With the notification, every county resident now has a new 911 address, according to a press release from the Jefferson County Commission.

Residents have one year to begin using their new addresses. New 3-inch address numbers, on a contrasting background, should be placed on homes near the front door. For homes more than 50 feet from the road, the numbers should be posted at the end of the driveway and on the house, the release said.

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Posting the new numbers aids emergency workers, delivery personnel and utility company employees, officials said.

The other five post offices in the county - in Shepherdstown, Shenandoah Junction, Kearneysville, Summit Point and Charles Town/Ranson - have gone through the conversion and already have notified their customers to begin using the new 911 addresses. The U.S. Postal Service will only deliver mail to the old address for one year after notification.

In Summit Point, residents may only use their old addresses until Nov. 10; in Charles Town/Ranson until June 23, 2005; and in Harpers Ferry until Oct. 16, 2005.

Residents in Shenandoah Junction, Shepherdstown and Kearneysville no longer can use their old addresses since the one-year deadline has passed.

The addressing project over the last three years included taking aerial photographs of the county and using sophisticated mapping systems, the release said.

"The intention of the readdressing project was to eliminate the rural route and box system and migrate to a physical urban-style address based upon a uniform system," the release said. "In Jefferson County, this urban-style address equates to a number and street name and is used by emergency personnel to quickly locate emergencies."

Anyone with questions about the new addressing system may call 304-724-6759.

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