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  • New Generation 911 Addresses - How You Can Help

    There have been some questions posted about the address changes that have occurred for some Carlock residents. This was not a Carlock decision. This was an Illinois Legislative Mandate called the Emergency Telephone System Act (50 ILCS 750) to provide Next Generation 911 Service. This mandate required a village official, who was me, to sit down with a McLean County Metcom representative to look at every single property within the village to determine if there was a physical address assigned and if so, if it was correct and complied to the addressing system. (Yes, there are specific addressing systems used to assign addresses in municipalities.)

    We tried our best to make as few changes as possible. Those, though, who had properties that required address changes were notified 30 days in advance of the change date via certified letter. Some of the changes made were due to the following:

    • Properties that didn’t have physical addresses assigned (storage buildings, etc.).

    • Even/Odd house numbers on the wrong side of the street.

    • House numbers on the street running the wrong direction.

    • Assigned and clarified units within multi-residence buildings.

    • Houses numbered on the wrong block.

    • Corner properties facing one direction but numbered on the cross street

    Although there were changes made within the original village of Carlock, unfortunately a majority of the changes were required in Stoneman Gardens, as it was discovered through this process that almost all of the original address assignments in the subdivision were incorrect.

     We know this is a hassle and requires some expense to change house numbers, etc. (It is not unlike what all the rural residents went through a few years back when all RR1 addresses were required to be changed to 911 addresses.) But, please, it is imperative for those of you with changes, to properly identify your houses, apartment and condo units, and commercial properties so that emergency services can easily and efficiently identify your location should you ever need their help. The new addresses are what the 911 office now sees when they are looking at maps and trying to help responders find the correct locations.

    Actually. . . please, let this serve as a reminder to all residents to check out how your properties are marked. Do you have address numbers posted? Are they easily visible? Are they easily visible in the dark?

    A few seconds can save a life.

    Also. . . until delivery companies’ address systems get updated, please help out those delivery people in identifying your neighbors’ houses. ‘Tis the season. 😊

    Thanks for your attention and help with this matter. . . . Rhonda