Douglas County contemplates rural address changeThe number can be confusing for those unfamiliar with the area.
By: Shelley Nelson, Superior Telegram
The number can be confusing for those unfamiliar with the area.
S11857 E. Lake Ave. is often confused with 11857 SE Lake Ave., referring to a street that doesn’t exist.
That’s a problem with rural addressing Supervisor Dave Conley would like to see the county resolve — letters mistaken for directional references.
Conley suggested the county consider its rural addressing method as supervisors approved changes to the county’s rural address ordinance last week that will allow signs to mark roads along trails.
The board approved the change — at no cost to Douglas County — to enhance public safety.
Emergency Manager Keith Kesler said the county should consider adopting the change without the provision because of the difficulty finding people who may be injured in rural areas.
Installing the signs would fall to the trail clubs, according to Supervisor Dan Corbin. He said the cost to the county would be minimal.
Discussion of the proposal prompted Conley to seek a new look at the rural addressing method.
County Board Chairman Doug Finn suggested the county’s public safety committee, which recommended signage for trails, consider the issue.
Changing the way rural addresses are handled would require a complete change in the system, including 911, Kesler said.
Supervisor Nick Baker, a member of the Public Safety Committee recommended coming up with a plan or concept for a new addressing system, so committee members have an understanding of the impact. He recommended putting the issue on the panel’s agenda.
Supervisor Mary Lou Bergman, who spent more than 30 years working for the U.S. Postal Service, recommended the county proceed with caution because of the difficulty changes in the system could create.