Marathon County uniform addressing transition begins

Published: Mar. 29, 2018 at 4:57 PM CDT
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The first round of public notices are out. In the next few weeks, people in Marathon County will start seeing their new address posted in their yards.

About 20,000 new addresses were assigned throughout the 41 communities participating in the county-wide re-addressing. The transition, however is not happening all at once.

Dave Mack, the project manager, told NewsChannel 7 sign installation for each town should take about a week.

People living in the Town of Plover and Town of Harrison are beginning to receive their new address numbers through a mailed noticed this week and will be the first to have their addresses and address signs installed. There will be two separate sets of crew each working in a different municipality at the same time, then moving on to a new community from when completed.

Once Plover and Harrison are complete, the crews will head south going to each adjacent municipality, all the way down to Franzen. From there, they will head to Bevent and continue north through Hewitt and continue that pattern down, skipping over most of the Wausau metro area because those municipalities are not participating.

Mack said they hope to get to the river line at the Town of Knowlton by the 4th of July, but this installation is very weather dependent. Mack said the installation plan for the west side of the county is still being planned out, but Stettin and Berlin will be the last to get re-addressed.

Explaining the process, Mack said first notices with each resident's new address will be sent out a few weeks before they are set to install new signs. Then, a Diggers Hotline crew will come and mark the property. A few days later, the crews installing the sign will put in a new post with a new sign attached.

The sign will be hung perpendicular to the road so cars can see them as they drive up. They will feature the municipality at the top, the new six-digit address number prominently in the middle, and the road name at the bottom.

As NewsChannel 7 began reporting about two and a half years ago, this change is to help address emergency safety problems within the county.

"The goal of this whole program is to get the right services to the right people at the right time and so this is truly a safety component that we're looking at changing," Mack said, "making sure that we can get those emergency services to the people that need it when they need it."

About 600 duplicated road names were changed in this process as well, ensuring each address is unique within the county.

For those who want to keep their former address sign as a memento, Mack said to place a piece of duct tape on it and the installation crews will know not to take it with them when they put in the new one.

People do not have to be a home during the installation.

There is no set timeline for when this transition will be complete as installation is weather dependent. Mack explained crews will work through the rain, but if there are major storms, crews will not be able to work.

For those living in participating communities, especially those that will not see the change for several months, Mack asks people to be patient, go on with life as normal, and do not actually make changes to your address until the sign is in the ground. He said the organizations that would be impacted, such as the 911 call center and mail carriers have both the new and the former addresses during the transition.

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