Thursday, July 7, 2016

Address Changes Coming Soon for All Residents of Winston County/Louisville/ Noxapater

Winston County residents can expect to change their addresses in
the near future as the implementation of the new 911 addressing system is nearing completion. Toby Sanders with Golden Triangle Planning and Development met with Winston County Supervisors and the Louisville Board of Aldermen this week to brief them on the upcoming changes and requirements.

The new system involves GIS technology and a national standard addressing system. The new addresses are intended to speed emergency responses across the county, Louisville and Noxapater and to provide responders with more information.

Addressing standards involve a numbering system that measures mileage from west to east and south to north with each mile representing up to 1000 addresses. Sanders used Hwy 14 as an example noting that addresses on Hwy 14 within one mile to two miles of the county line (with Attala) would be addressed as 1000 to 1999). Addresses in the eight to nine mile distance from the county line would be addressed as 8000 to 8999, etc.

GTPD is working with the Post Office and correcting last minute issues before notifying the public. Sanders indicated that once approved by the Supervisors and Aldermen, post cards would be mailed to each address with necessary information including a photo of the main residence or structure on the property. Property owners are encouraged to review the data and verify its accuracy. Full information will be provided on the post card. The post cards could be mailed in the next 30-45 days. Once most issues are resolved, the Post Office will set an effective date for the address changes and mail a letter to all addresses in the county.

Once the effective date is set, property owners will have one year to
complete any address changes and during that time both addresses will be valid (the old and the new address). Sanders indicated that for most mail, the occupant will not have to do anything. He noted that most companies, especially those that bill, do mass mailings and government agencies are tied to the Post Office’s addressing system and the change will be made automatically over time – well within the one year time allotment. Occupants will need to contact individuals and smaller companies to change their addresses with them.

Sanders said that by going to a national addressing standard which allows for growth and city annexation issues, residents can expect for the new addresses to be permanent without further changes.

The following are the basic steps and responsibilities of the property owner/occupant:

1. Upon receipt of the post card from GTPD (likely in the next 30-45 days) – review the photo and verify that it is the correct property and fully read the information on the front and back of the card. If you have questions or believe something is in error, contact GTPD at the number provided on the card.

2. Upon receipt of a letter from the Post Office ( this could be 60-90 days later), you can begin to use the new address. You should notice address changes on bulk mail within 30-60 days and at this point, contact private individuals and entities that may send you mail.

3. Change the addresses on your mailbox and home or place of business to the new numbers.

All addresses are subject to change including the City of Louisville and Noxapater and most areas of the county as well. Residents in the northeast part of the county – (east of Hwy 15 and north of Hwy 14) may not see an address change.