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E911 committee discusses addressing requirements

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Emergency services representatives, county and city officials and Lebanon Postmaster Tony Young met July 31 at the David R. Hourigan Government Center to discuss countywide addressing standards.
County Attorney Joe Mattingly prepared the draft ordinance.
The discussion covered some suggested changes to the specific language in the ordinance, but the intent is to establish more uniform addressing throughout Marion County, including requiring address numbers to be visibly posted throughout the county.
The ordinance covers a range of addressing issues, such as:
• The system used to assign numbers
• What structures need to be addressed in addition to residences
• Addressing standards for mobile home parks
• Requirements for the size of numbers and the location where they should be posted
• Addressing requirements for 911 purposes for private lanes
“Within the next two or three months, there may be hundreds of people affected,” Judge/Executive John G. Mattingly said in a phone interview.
Judge Mattingly said as many as 400 or 500 people could receive new addresses, but he is hopeful that people will understand that any changes are necessary in order to implement E911.
For several months, Keith Brock and Sharon Browning have been working to verify addresses throughout the county, and they have identified locations with missing addresses and addresses that are inconsistent with their location.
Addressing verification is required by the Kentucky Commercial Mobile Radio Services and Emergency Telecommunications Board in order for Marion County to begin receiving CMRS funds to help cover the costs of implementing and maintaining E911.
During last week’s meeting, Brock also recommended creating an appeal process for people who may dispute their address assignment.
In regard to the requirement that address numbers be posted, the draft ordinance called for requiring numbers at least three inches high. However, several emergency service representatives recommended requiring that the numbers be at least four inches high, visible from either direction, and posted at the entrance to a property.
Judge Mattingly said the Marion County Fiscal Court included funding in the 2013-14 budget to purchase reflective signs for properties throughout the county in an effort to minimize the cost to residents.
Before any ordinance takes effect, the fiscal court must approve two readings and the final ordinance must be published. The ordinance has not yet been presented to the fiscal court for a first reading.
The E911 discussions will continue this week. The Lebanon/Marion County E911 Advisory Committee is scheduled to meet at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 7, on the third floor of the David R. Hourigan Government Center.