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Get address posted in Lisbon; town could start enforcing ordinance

Committee will study standardized address signs

Jan. 14, 2013

Town of Lisbon - The Town Board has asked the Public Safety Committee to review an ordinance that regulates the size and display of letters and numbers in street address signs and offer recommendations regarding how the ordinance can be enforced.

Public Safety Committee Chairman Joe Osterman said he anticipates the meeting will be in late January or early February.

The ordinances defines the size of numbers and letters in street address signs, requires the signs to be made of reflective materials, and describes how and where the signs can be displayed on residential or commercial property, according to Town Administrator Jeff Musche.

Musche said the ordinance was adopted about 10 years ago at the urging of public safety officials. Police and fire authorities said the ordinance was necessary in order to make sure that residential and commercial street address letters and numbers were visible at night to first responders.

Most of the town's nearly 100 miles of streets and roads are not lighted, authorities pointed out.

However, like all building and zone ordinances, enforcement of the code relies almost entirely on citizen complaints, Musche said.

Town Chairman Matt Gehrke explained at a Jan. 10 Town Board meeting that a citizen has complained that the address signs in the Twin Pines residential development on Lake Five Road do not comply with the code.

However, Gehrke said developers in the subdivision want to establish a standard street address sign for all residences.

Gehrke said he wants the Public Safety Committee to explore whether standardized residential subdivision signs should be exempt from the code, and if so, how should the exemptions be established.

He said he also wanted the committee to review the policy of requiring standardized street address signs and whether the town should provide those standard signs.

He noted that some towns provide a standard address sign posted on the front corner of the property line of each residence. He said the signs are relatively inexpensive but some homeowners may also find them unattractive.

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