The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office and the Lincoln County Planning and Engineering Office are working together in a county wide campaign. The goal of the campaign is to encourage area residents to get address numbers placed in visible locations on their homes. According to information provided by the Sheriff’s Office, address numbers “are assigned at the point at which your driveway intersects the public or private road which provides access to your property.”
According to John Woodward, Lincoln County Planning Director, county addresses are established to the 1,000th of a mile. Evens are on the right of the road. Odds are on the left of the road. “Each of the towns are on a grid system,” he said. “So their system is a little bit different than the county system. You need to check with your town to make sure that your address is correct with the system they are using. Also, some of the towns have a specific type of house number they like you to use. That information is available at the town halls.”
Getting home address numbers properly displayed has been an ongoing effort in Lincoln County since the 1980s, Woodward said. “This year dispatch is taking the lead on this and are working through various community events and avenues to encourage people to get their house numbers up if they do not have any, or to replace faded numbers if they are hard to read,” said Woodward. “The planning office supplies numbers with any new building permits that go out. But for those who would like a house number for their home, we are happy to provide those as well.”
Having a clearly displayed address is critical when it comes to emergency response, according to the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office. “To ensure emergency response the address numbers must be posted so that they are clearly visible from the roadway,” said Maryanne Christensen of the Lincoln County Sheriff’ Office. “All of the valley emergency responders meet quarterly and this is something that we all identified as a problem. The addresses are not clearly marked, so responders are delayed in getting to and responding to calls for service.”
Dispatch is “giving out free reflective numbers for homes, provided by the County Planning Office,” Christensen said. In addition to handing out house numbers, the Lincoln County Dispatch Center is also handing out address placement guidelines. The guidelines include:
• address plates should be placed parallel to the road at the driveway access and out of the legal right-of-way;
• the address must be posted at least four feet above the ground. For more information, or to get address numbers, contact the County Planning and Engineering Office or the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office.