K I N G S L E Y L A K E . O R G
What is the Addressing Ordinance?
The Clay County Addressing Ordinance #2004-57, effective since September 14, 2004, provides direction for county residents and commercial properties to affix numbers to said properties in such a manner as to ensure visibility and correct location of addresses for service. It also provides regulations and enforcement guidelines for county officials to follow regarding compliance to this ordinance.
What is the Ordinance for?
- To conform to Florida Fire Code regarding Addressing
- To create uniformity in assigning addresses
- To ensure a legible posting of addresses on every home, apartment, and commercial property in Clay County
- To ensure accuracy of county maps and other directional tools
- To assist Emergency Medical and fire personnel to rapidly locate calls for service
- To facilitate proper operation of the E911 system
- 3" contrasting numbers on residence, facing street
- 3" numbers on both sides of mailboxes for homes not visible from the street; If residence is not visible from street, and no mailbox exists at driveway, then a post sign, or placard affixed at the entrance to the entrance shall suffice. This sign must be approved by the Addressing Coordinator prior to posting
- If residence is on a corner, this sign should be placed on the frontage where the official address and point of egress exists
- Proper maintenance of sign or numbers is the responsibility of the home occupant
- Torn, faded, or damaged signs and/or numbers should be replaced as needed
- If multiple homes share a common drive, all addresses represented should be listed on sign, with directional indicators, as needed.
P.S. We sought additional information about this ordinance online and couldn't find much as of 6/29/05, except the following CLAY COUNTY ADDRESS COMMITTEE MINUTES from 2/04, which provides a little background... -C.
CLAY COUNTY ADDRESS COMMITTEE MINUTES
Wednesday, February 25, 2004 2:30 pm, CRB
The Address Committee met on Wednesday, February 25, 2004, 2:30 pm, CRA, 4th floor Administration Building. Those in attendance are listed on the attached sign-in log.
The Address Committee was organized to determine if Clay County's county-wide numbering system for buildings/structures, both commercial and residential are adequate or if it is necessary to make changes to enhance and/or improve the responsiveness of our public safety's E-911 emergency response system to prevent operational miscues. The previous two meetings the Committee discussed Clay County's addressing concerns regarding the interest of public safety and the general welfare of the citizens in our county. All residential and commercial buildings should have numeric and street or road address in order to facilitate the timely delivery of county emergency services. The It is the general consensus of this Committee that Clay County should adopt an ordinance that would include the assignment of street address numbers, posting of addresses, road names and designations, initial road naming, etc. Such an ordinance would force citizens to place the proper address number on their building or property.
At the meeting of January 5, 2004, the Committee recommended that staff work together to draft an addressing ordinance that would enable the county to enforce any violations upon its adoption. The Committee also recommended that a sub-committee review similar ordinances from other counties and bring any questions, concerns or opinions back to this meeting for discussion.
Public Safety Director James Corbin, Jr. provided the Committee with a draft ordinance for their consideration which was drafted from other county ordinances throughout the state of Florida and Georgia. It was the general consensus, except for a few minor revisions, the language of this draft ordinance was an in-depth, comprehensive plan that Clay County has needed for a long time.
Discussion ensued regarding the building of the map of our current automated system in that it must be able to delineate between the differences of identical street names with duplicate addresses. When streets are named the same and their address is also duplicated, the data system gets confused as well as emergency operators and they don't know which address they need to go to. To date, this problem has not been simplified. An example of this would be the 1910 Wells Road located in Orange Park and the 1910 Wells Road located in Green Cove Springs. There will be roads and streets that may be renamed and addresses changed to resolve this complication within the mapping system to correct the confusion for their location. This type of change would require Board action.
Committee Chairman Commissioner Patrick D. McGovern explained that it would be necessary for a county-wide cooperative effort of all county departments and local agencies to enforce an ordinance, should one be adopted. It is Chairman McGovern's vision that a door hanger be used to inform the county's citizens that their address is not visible and they are not in compliance. Everyone will need to provide feedback to a designated coordinator when they are out in the field and encounter difficulty finding locations. The ordinance should provide the proper guide to ensure compliance. The data base should be updated based on the feedback received and resolved accordingly. Should an ordinance be approved, the county should be committed to continuously work towards correcting the county's addressing issues. The county is facing old problems that have been occurring for years and the new ordinance will be the defining force to ensure that citizens comply and we make the proper changes as we encounter them. We may not know for a while what the impact of this ordinance will be.
Ken Dyer of the Public Works Department has been responsible for most of the county's addressing issues and he explained to the Committee that he and another department employee have both been working for many years to keep up with the constant growth and addressing issues in our county. He expressed his concern that the two of them were not prepared to be responsible for all of the possible addressing issues an ordinance would require. The Committee did not make any decisions as to who would be the designated coordinator, but would discuss it further after the adoption of an ordinance.
After a brief discussion, the Committee RECOMMENDED that each department or agency that has been represented for the past three meetings review the submitted draft ordinance which was prepared by Public Safety Director James Corbin, Jr. and send all of their comments, suggestions and/or concerns to County Attorney Mark Scruby for his review. Further, the Committee RECOMMENDED that Mr. Scruby correlate those comments, suggestions and/or concerns and bring a draft of this addressing ordinance to the full Board for discussion to potentially advertise in the near future for a public hearing to adopt it.
Committee Chairman Commissioner Patrick D. McGovern informed the Committee that once an addressing ordinance is passed this Committee would meet on an as-needed basis.
There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 3:10 pm.
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