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Public hearing Monday for address changes

Public hearing Monday for address changes

Public hearing Monday for address changes

Officials with the City of Statesboro announced Tuesday that a date is set to discuss major address changes for businesses along Northside Drive.

City Hall will be the site of a Town Hall meeting to answer any questions business owners may have about the impending adjustments.

The meeting will be held at 5 p.m. Monday in the second- floor chambers, according to a public notice issued by the city.

Northside Drive addresses are being changed as part of a major overhaul by Bulloch County 911 to make emergency response efforts more efficient along the busy corridor.

By the start of 2014, nearly every building located on highway will sport a new numerical address, according to Kelly Barnard, the director of Bulloch, Evans and Candler County Emergency 911.

New numbers will be assigned, she said, because as businesses have moved in each year, more and more inconsistencies have appeared in the system — inconsistencies that can delay a confused ambulance driver or police officer responding to an emergency call.

"In most cases, you should have odd-number addresses on one side of the road and even numbers on the other, and they should go up in increments as you travel down the road," Barnard said in August, with the renumbering process still in full swing. "What you have on Northside Drive East and West, where the issues are, is: you'll be in the 100 block, then it'll jump, maybe, to a 300-block number, and then go back into 100-block or 200-block numbers, for example. All of a sudden, as you're moving down the road, you get these strange numbers that just don't flow. We get to the point where ambulance crews, law enforcement or fire crews may have issues finding the addresses.

"It's become really messed up, and we have to do something about it," she added.

Bulloch County Public Safety Director Ted Wynn said he is sure there have been instances where confusion regarding an address delayed response to calls on Northside Drive.
"From a public safety perspective: many times all we have to go on in responding to a scene is a numerical address (because a caller doesn't have time or the opportunity to give more direction)," Wynn said. "We may have to put an ambulance, police officer or EMS on the scene without the caller being able to give us an exact location. Being able to do that quickly, with no confusion, will be the biggest plus to having places properly addressed."

To help prepare the dozens of property owners, Bulloch County 911 has mailed letters with instructions and information regarding the changes.

According to Barnard, new addresses will become effective in January.

Property owners, while required to post the new address next year, will still be able to receive mail at their old address for up to one year — at which point the U.S. Postal Service will remove the address from their system.

Jeff Harrison may be reached at (912) 489-9454.


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