The Chestnuthill Township supervisors held an ordinance hearing on the readdressing system. It was approved, 3-0.
Ordinance 2011-03 states that the township is participating in the Monroe County 911 Public Safety System which provides for improved police, fire and emergency medical services through the numbering of buildings and the renaming of certain public and private streets where needed to eliminate redundant or confusing road and street names within the township.
Living in a rural area, it is difficult for emergency services to pinpoint exact locations quickly. For example: Someone calls 911 for an ambulance. Now with a numbered address, the dispatcher will relay that information to emergency services and they can quickly locate the driveway, which before, with people who have PO Box or Rural Route numbers, it can be very difficult to locate.
The post office will be releasing the readdressing letters to all township residents and businesses on January 20, 2012. In that letter, residents will learn their new street address.
In summary, the letter will also include:
Ÿ building number sign shall be installed on an approved post and/or mount at the intersection of the driveway to the building and the private or public road right of way.
Ÿ the number sign shall have 4" high white reflective numbers with a green reflective background place on a 6"x18" rectangular sign. Numbers and post/mount must comply with the township's specifications which are set within the current Pennsylvania Department of Transportation's Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices.
Ÿ if sign post/mount is knocked down and/or removed, and/or otherwise covered by an unforeseen occurrence, owner shall repair/and/or reinstall the building number sign within 30 days of the occurrence.
Ÿ the building number signs must be installed within six months from the release of the readdress letters.
Ÿ if anyone fails or neglects to number their building/structure/residence after the six months of the release of the address change notification letters and within 30 days of notification by the Chestnuthill Township code enforcement officer, shall be guilty of a summary offense and if convicted, at the discretion of the court, be sentenced to pay a fine of not less that $300 for the first offense and not more than $1,000 for the second and all other offenses, the costs of prosecution, and reasonable attorney's fees and in default of payment, imprisonment of not more than 30 days. Each day's violation of any of the provisions of this Ordinance shall constitute a separate offense.
Resident Leon Clark stated he was all for safety but was against the readdressing "because it takes away our free will. Now we have to put up bigger signs or suffer severe penalties. This is opposite of our government's philosophy."
Clark submitted a written summary of his statement as evidence in the hearing.
After the meeting, Chairman Gould stated that it is the township's goal to not have to use those penalties and will work with anyone if they are willing to comply. He hopes that the public understands that the readdressing is to ensure everyone's safety.