Nearly 100 addresses in city will be changed

Published 7:44 pm Thursday, February 15, 2018

Ninety-eight addresses in Washington will change to make it easier for emergency personnel to respond to 911 calls.

During its meeting Monday, Washington’s City Council authorized John Rodman, the city’s director of community and cultural resources to work with Beaufort County officials to make the needed changes. The county wants the city to correct errors discovered in the city’s 911 address system after the county took over 911 dispatching for the city.

Several city residents and businesses have address locations that are referenced to a structure or building name and not a street name, Rodman told the council. “The problem with a building name address is that it is difficult to provide an accurate location for 911 dispatch and emergency services,” Rodman wrote in a memorandum.

The county determined address discrepancies — which need to be corrected — at the following locations: Maryanna Mobile Estates, The Courtyard apartments, Havens Wharf, Armory Pointe apartments and Cherry Run Center. There likely are other locations that need address changes, according to the memorandum. The memorandum notes that sometimes it is necessary to change an assigned address, with one of the reasons for doing so is that any address-related issue that causes confusion and potentially delays a timely and efficient emergency response.

Rodman told the council he wanted its direction before he begins addressing the problem. “The city doesn’t have an addressing ordinance, per se. We’ll start working on one. We do have a street-naming ordinance in the city code, but we do not have an addressing code. We don’t have any guidelines on how to go about doing this,” Rodman said. “The county gave us some guidelines to help us out.”

Mayor Mac Hodges suggested the city work with the county in making the address changes. “I’m sitting here thinking you might as well get their blessing before because if they don’t like the way we do it, they’ll send it right on back,” Hodges said.

Rodman said changing the addresses will “take some time because I will have to notify the residents they’re address is going to change,”






About Mike Voss

Mike Voss is the contributing editor at the Washington Daily News. He has a daughter and four grandchildren. Except for nearly six years he worked at the Free Lance-Star in Fredericksburg, Va., in the early to mid-1990s, he has been at the Daily News since April 1986.
Journalism awards:
• Pulitzer Prize for Meritorious Public Service, 1990.
• Society of Professional Journalists: Sigma Delta Chi Award, Bronze Medallion.
• Associated Press Managing Editors’ Public Service Award.
• Investigative Reporters & Editors’ Award.
• North Carolina Press Association, First Place, Public Service Award, 1989.
• North Carolina Press Association, Second Place, Investigative Reporting, 1990.
All those were for the articles he and Betty Gray wrote about the city’s contaminated water system in 1989-1990.
• North Carolina Press Association, First Place, Investigative Reporting, 1991.
• North Carolina Press Association, Third Place, General News Reporting, 2005.
• North Carolina Press Association, Second Place, Lighter Columns, 2006.
Recently learned he will receive another award.
• North Carolina Press Association, First Place, Lighter Columns, 2010.
4. Lectured at or served on seminar panels at journalism schools at UNC-Chapel Hill, University of Maryland, Columbia University, Mary Washington University and Francis Marion University.

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