Keep civic numbers clear, legible and unobscured for first responders

The civic address sign of Nation Valley News on County Rd. 7 (Main Street), Chesterville. The unit is still in good good shape, although this particular vertical design from the former Winchester Township is especially prone to rust. The amalgamated Township of North Dundas sells a replacement horizontal blade for signs in bad shape after nearly 30 years in the elements. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News

NORTH DUNDAS — Outside of the larger villages, civic numbers have been a fixture of life in North Dundas for the better part of a quarter century now. They were installed with the mid-1990s arrival of 9-1-1 service, an exercise that also saw local townships name and sign their previously unnamed rural concession roads.

Local property owners potentially  haven’t given their civic numbers a second thought since that time — with decades of vegetation, rust and flat-out deterioration taking a toll in some cases.

But in a new public notice issued this week, local fire service officials are reminding residents of how important it is that civic numbers remain clear and legible. “If we can’t find you, we can’t help you,” they say.

It’s the resident’s responsibility to ensure their numbers are visible from the road and are unobscured and legible to first responders.

The township has a ready supply of replacement horizontal “blades” available for civic address signs no longer up to snuff. It charges a “cost recovery” fee of $75, which includes installation, explains Jess Manley at the North Dundas office. The price falls to half that amount if installation is handled by the resident.

She says the township hasn’t needed to replace the actual posts because they can be reused in almost all cases. Manley personally prepares the new blades using the township’s inventory of  blanks, manually affixing luminescent number stickers of proper specification onto each unit as orders come in.

In another twist, she says that all of the requested replacements to date have involved the vertical number style employed by one of the former townships that amalgamated into North Dundas. Those up-and-down units are made of steel and are prone to rust, she says. However, they still get the same horizontal aluminum replacement; the installer must be handy with a drill to retrofit the new horizontal blade onto a pole originally mounted with a vertical unit.




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