(Graphic courtesy of GeoComm)
The proposed addressing scheme calls for roads running east-west to have number names followed by the suffix "Road."
The numbering would begin at 100 in the southwest corner of the county and increase by 10 numbers each mile, according to Bevans.
Roads running north-south would have names rather than numbers and would also begin in the southwest corner of the county with names beginning with the letter "A" and progressing alphabetically one letter each mile.
Addresses would be five-digit numbers beginning with 10,000 at the southwest corner.
If adopted by the commission the new system would be a departure from the current system, in which most county roads are numbered.
Bevans said the proposed system would be more logical, helping police, fire and ambulance responders to locate the site of an emergency quicker and easier.
The proposed system insures that each address in the county is unique, she said.
"We want to make it as simple as possible for them to find an address," she said.
Highways, like U.S. 65 and highways 41 and 240 would retain their current names, Bevans said.
Commissioners plan to study the proposal and expect to discuss it at the next meeting, which will be held Sept. 13 at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall in Slater.
In other business, commission member Joe Blodgett provided an update on Geocomm's field work, which is preliminary to assigning addresses.
The field work team has interviewed 564 residents and left 645 surveys at locations in the county.
"We have received 250 back," he said. "The county (survey) is approximately 55% completed. We have identified 382 farm structures, barns, sheds etc. and 312 abandoned structures."
Blodgett urged residents and property owners to return surveys as soon as possible, even for vacant or abandoned homes.
"It'll speed things up and we'll have a better finished product," he said.
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