ADDRESSING LAW

 

ADDRESSING ORDINANCE

 

 

            At a REGULAR session of the County Commission of Boone County, West Virginia, held at the Courthouse thereof on the 19th day of April, 1999, the following order was made and entered.

 

SUBJECT:  ORDINANCE TO PROVIDE FOR THE ASSIGNMENT OF NAMES TO STREETS AND ROADS AND THE POSTING OF STREET SIGNS AND BUILDING NUMBERS IN BOONE COUNTY, WEST VIRGINIA

 

            The following motion was offered by Commissioner Gordon Eversole:

 

            That the Boone County Commission hereby adopt the Order titled “Ordinance to Provide for the assignment of names to streets and roads and the posting of street signs and building numbers in Boone County, West Virginia, a copy of which is attached herewith and made a part of the record hereof.

 

            The adoption of the foregoing motion, having been made by Gordon Eversole, Commissioner, and duly seconded by J.M. “Mickey” Protan, Commissioner, the vote thereon was as follows:

 

            Gene Kuhn, President…………………………………..____AYE____

 

            J.M. “Mickey” Protan, Commisioner ………………….____AYE____

 

            Gordon Eversole, Commissioner……………………….____AYE____

           

            Whereupon, Gene Kuhn, President declared said motion duly adopted; and it is therefore ADJUDGED and ORDERED that said motion be, and the same is hereby adopted.

                                                           

                                                                        Gene Kuhn, President

                                                                        J.M. “Mickey” Protan, Commissioner

                                                                        Gordon Eversole, Commissioner

 

 

  

IN THE COUNTY COMMISSION
OF BOONE COUNTY,
WEST VIRGINIA

 

AN ORDINANCE TO PROVIDE FOR THE ASSIGNMENT OF NAMES TO STREETS AND ROADS AND THE POSTING OF STREET SIGNS AND BUILDING NUMBERS IN BOONE COUNTY, WEST VIRGINIA

 

            WHEREAS, the establishment of an Enhanced 911 Emergency Telephone System in Boone County, West Virginia, previously approved by the Boone County Commission, will be fully implemented upon completion of all necessary components of the system; and

 

            WHEREAS, implementation of such as system requires the assignment of individual names to all streets and roads in the County, the assignment of building numbers to all buildings having telephones and/or occupancies, and the erection of appropriate street signs at intersections by the West Virginia Department of Highways and/or the Boone County Emergency Operations Center; and

 

            WHEREAS, a professional consultant experienced in comprehensive addressing has been placed under contract to accomplish the mapping of streets and roads and assignment of building numbers in Boone County,

 

            NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT ORDAINED:

 

            SECTION 101.  A “Boone County Road Index” is to be adopted and filed in the office of the County Clerk of Boone County, West Virginia, into which such streets and roads hereby assigned are to be listed.

 

            As used in this Ordinance, the terms “street” and “road” shall have the same meaning and shall include avenues, boulevards, highways, lanes, ways, courts, drives, loops, parkways, paths, pikes, places, trails, and other similar street types.

 

            SECTION 201.  The Boone County Commission, through the Director of the Boone County Emergency Operations Center (E-911), or his duly authorized agent, is hereby authorized to assign names to any public or private road or street in the County which provides access to three or more occupied buildings.

 

            SECTION 301.  The Director of the Boone County E-911 or his duly authorized agent is hereby authorized to seek out and identify streets and roads in the County bearing duplicate or confusingly similar names and to change the names of such roads or streets to eliminate such duplication or confusing similarity.  All such changes shall be subject to Boone County Commission approval.

 

            SECTION 401.  No street or road within Boone County shall be assigned a name on a subdivision plat or otherwise until such name is registered with the Boone County Emergency Operations Center, approved by the Boone County Commission, and added to the “Boone County Road Index”; PROVIDED, however that this section shall not apply to any road or street presently constructed on which a street sign has been placed by the West Virginia Department of Highways prior to the effective date of this Ordinance and which has not been changed subject to Section 301 above.

 

            The Boone County Commission or its duly authorized agent shall have authority to refuse registration of any name already in use, confusingly similar to a name already registered, deemed confusing for purposes of emergency response, or deemed inappropriate by said County Commission.

 

            SECTION 501.  No street or road name currently shown on a subdivision plat filed with the County or otherwise shall be implemented by a subdivision owner until such name has been registered with the Boone County Commission or its duly authorized agent, approved and added to the “Boone County Road Index”; PROVIDED, however, that this section shall not apply to any road or street presently constructed on which street signs have been placed by the West Virginia Department of Highways prior to the effective date of this Ordinance and which does not fall subject to Section 301 above.

 

            The Boone County Commission or its duly authorized agent shall have the right to refuse registration of any name already in use, confusingly similar to a name already registered, deemed confusing for purposes or emergency response or deemed inappropriate by said County Commission or its agent.

 

            SECTION 601.  All new street signs erected within Boone County shall be in conformance with the specifications of this section, unless a variance is granted by the West Virginia Department of Highways or the Boone County Commission.

 

            Street names signs shall be in accordance with the West Virginia State Code, following the standards set by the West Virginia Department of Highways.

 

            SECTION 701.  The Boone County Commission or its duly authorized agent is hereby authorized to direct the placement of street signs at intersections within the County.  The initial cost of such signs and installation are to be appropriated from the Enhanced 911 telephone fees as approved by the Boone County Commission and as such funds become available.

 

            SECTION 801.  The owner of any subdivision or other development shall erect or cause to be erected street signs in conformance with this Ordinance at any and all intersections within such subdivision or development upon construction of any street on or after the effective date of this Ordinance.  Where any subdivision owner is currently required to erect street signs but has failed to do so, the future erection of street signs shall be in conformance with this Ordinance.

 

            SECTION 901.  All properties or parcels of land within Boone County shall hereafter be identified by referenced to a uniform numbering system as shown on maps filed in the office of the County clerk of Boone County, West Virginia.  Said maps and the explanatory matter thereon may be amended, modified, or changed at the direction of the Boone County Commission.

 

            SECTION 1001.  A house or building number shall be assigned to each dwelling or other building in the county.  The combination of such numbers and the road or street name shall be the official address of such dwelling or building.

 

            SECTION 1101.  When each house or building has been assigned its respective address, the owner, occupant, or agent thereof shall place or cause to be placed upon each house or building the number or numbers assigned under the uniform numbering system.  Such numbers shall be placed on existing buildings within sixty (60) days of notification of the assigned address.  Such numbers shall be placed upon new buildings prior to occupancy.  The cost of posting such addresses shall be the responsibility of the property owner.

 

            SECTION 1201.  Street address numbers for residences shall be in accordance with The BOCA National Property Maintenance Code, Section PM 304.3, Exterior Structure, Street Numbers.

 

            The street address numbers shall be in Arabic numerals at least three inches in height, and of a durable and clearly visible material.  The numbers shall be placed on, above, or at the side of the main entrance so the number is visible from the public right-of-way, the number shall be placed along a driveway or property entrance.  Address numbers are to be in color contrasting the background upon which they are mounted.

 

            SECTION 1301.  Street address numbers for commercial and industrial structures shall follow The BOCA National Property Maintenance Code, Section PM 301.2 regulations.

 

            The street address numbers shall be placed above or on the main entrance to the structure when possible.  If such entrance is not visible from the public right-of-way, the number shall be placed along a driveway or on a sign visible from the public right-of-way.

 

            SECTION 1401.  Apartments, trailer parks, and similar complexes assigned a single building number shall display address numbers on each structure following The BOCA National Property Maintenance Code, Section PM 304.3 regulations.

 

            Numbers and/or letters for individual apartments or units within these complexes shall be displayed on, above or to the side of the main doorway of each apartment  or unit.

 

            SECTION 1501.  Whenever, after the initial implementation of the uniform numbering system as provided by this Ordinance, any house, building or structure shall be erected or Location in Boone County, it shall be the duty of the property owner to procure from the Boone County Emergency Operations Center the correct number or numbers for the said property and to affix said number or numbers to the building in accordance with this Ordinance.

 

            SECTION 1601.  In applying the guidelines specified herein, the Boone County Commission through the Director of the Boone County E-911 or his duly authorized agent, shall have the authority to make minor adjustments and modifications to ensure a logical and efficient street addressing system.

 

            SECTION 1701.  The provisions of this Ordinance shall be applicable in all areas of Boone County, West Virginia, with the exception of established incorporated municipalities.  The provisions of this Ordinance shall be applicable within incorporated municipalities if the respective city and town councils of same adopt and endorse this Ordinance by resolution.

 

            SECTION 1801.  When the Boone County Commission, the Director of the E-911 or his duly authorized agent, has reason to believe that there has been or there exists a violation of this Ordinance, written notice of such violation shall be provided to the person failing to comply, which notice shall order said person to take corrective measures within thirty (30) days from the time of the assignment of road name or address.  If the decision of the said Director does not satisfy the individual’s concerns, he/she may appeal same to the Boone County Commission.

 

            SECTION 2001.  After implementation of the addressing system is complete, any and all concerns, problems, or complaints regarding the naming and numbering system throughout Boone County shall be handled on an individual basis by the Director of the Boone County Emergency Operations Center and the Boone County E-911 Advisory Board by forwarding a recommendation for final approval to the Boone County Commission.

 

            THIS ORDER SHALL BE EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY UPON ITS

ADOPTION.

 

ADOPTED  by Order of the County Commission of the Boone County, West Virginia, entered on the 19th day of April, 1999.

 

                                                            BOONE COUNTY COMMISSION

                                                           

                                                            Gene Kuhn, President

 

                                                            Gordon Eversole, Commissioner

 

                                                            J.M. “Mickey” Protan, Commissioner