Are your address numbers tall enough?

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By Robin Bass

Would you be in compliance if a county ordinance required house numbers to be posted on your residence, both sides of your mailbox and be at least four inches in height?

These are just some of the changes that were considered by fiscal court Monday as they re-evaluate the county's 9-1-1 addressing ordinance. After some discussion, magistrates voted to table the issue temporarily while they sought further research.

Magistrate David Henry said that many residents in the county have brick mailboxes with an address stone on one side. He doubted many of those structures would be in compliance with the amended ordinance as written. Even his own mailbox would be in violation. Henry said it would be too costly for homeowners to make the necessary alterations and that the results could be "tacky".

"This is about responding to emergencies," said Jan Kehne, the county's code enforcement officer. "If you have an emergency, do you really care what the number looks like at that point?"

Judge Executive David Jenkins echoed Kehne's response.

If the ordinance is approved as it was presented at Monday's meeting, residents would be required to:

• attach the appropriate address on the front of any structure that has been assigned a number;

• if structure is not visible from road, the address should be at the entrance way to the structure;

• numbers should be visible both day and night;

• numbers should be of a size and contrasting color that is visible from the road;

• numbers should also be displayed on both sides of the addressee's mailbox in a reflective material or contrasting color and be between four and six inches tall.

In the event a resident does not have a mailbox and their residence can not be seen from the road, other arrangements will need to be made to ensure the address is visible to emergency personnel. This means that an address could be attached to a fence, gate or post at the driveway entrance.

Violating the ordinance could result in a fine up to $100/day until all the conditions are met.

Fiscal court could discuss this ordinance amendment at their next meeting on August 17 at 9 a.m.

In other actions:

• Magistrates approved zoning changes to 443 acres owned by Holloway Estates located east of Taylorsville off KY 44-East. The property will now be zoned Ag-2, agricultural which allows for 5 acre tracts. Holloway Estates, Inc. President Charlotte L. Hemann said her development will be suitable for a "gentleman's farm" meaning that no more than three horses will be allowed per lot. Other restrictions will include no cattle and no fences located in front of the homes.

Magistrate John Riley stated that he noticed no provision for a horse trail in the development – something that could make it "more marketable".

• Parks Director Randy Wise notified fiscal court of the donation of light poles for Ray Jewell Park. The thirteen 65-foot poles are being given by UPS to help light the baseball fields for night games. Wise said normally a single pole of this size would cost the county $4,700 plus the installation. He said that hopes are to also obtain donated labor and electric supplies.

• The jailer's report showed 114 transports of prisoners last month.

• Kehne and Company was selected as the low-bid to make necessary repairs to the seniors' center roof. The cost of the project was set at $13,795.

• Fiscal court approved the second reading of establishing the position of assistant road supervisor.

• The first reading of the Economic Development Authority interlocal agreement was approved.

• Court voted unanimously to allow Magistrates David Henry and Bill Drury to meet with representatives of other entities participating in a committee to establish an intern grant writing program.

• The September 7 regular meeting was rescheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 9 at 9 a.m. due to the Labor Day holiday.