Scott County EMA audit finds about one in three addresses have an issue

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

scottw@standard-democrat.com

BENTON -- How fast would it take an ambulance to find your home? Would you want them to be delayed trying to figure out which house is yours?

Those are questions Scott County officials think everyone should ask themselves as they urge county residents to comply with the county ordinance specifying how to clearly post addresses for homes and businesses in the county.

Tom Beardslee, director, and Trey Hardy, deputy director, of the Scott County Emergency Management Agency reported during Tuesday's County Commission meeting the findings of their "boots on the ground" audit of addresses in the county.

"We know there are some rural addressing issues in the county but when Trey and Tom did a complete drive-through audit of some of our addresses, they found the problem is even greater than we thought," Jamie Burger, presiding county commissioner, said.

"We literally drove the road, took notes as to what was visible from the street, came back to the EMA office and matched what we found on the street to what our GIS 911 records show," Hardy said.

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