Mingo 911 mapping fiasco

Kyle’s Korner ….

There is an old saying, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”

For some reason the folks that are doing the Mingo County Addressing and Mapping must not think so.

Many of us in the county recently received letters stating that we would be assigned new addresses. This not only changes your mailing address, but also your 911 address.

However, I am asking the question, why?

If you already have a street address like me and my neighbors who live in the Valley View subdivision near Williamson, why does it need to be changed?

My wife and I have lived there for more than 22 years and we have had the same street address for Williamson. Now someone wants us to change it.

The letter came from the U.S. Postal Service and says that we would have to change our Department of Motor Vehicles, Voter Registration, Bank Accounts, Insurance Policies, etc. This will not only cost money, but it is a real hassle.

But for what? We already have an address!

This mapping for Mingo County’s 911 address system has been a funnel for money and it has been handled poorly for many years. If memory serves me correctly, this started back in the 1990s. We have been paying a fee on our telephone bill for many years to fund the 911 system.

Mingo County Commissioner John Mark Hubbard said other than the county’s budget, the 911 mapping has been the most frustrating part of his job he has had to deal with. He also stated the MCC has not approved the final mapping.

Commissioner Diann Hannah also expressed concern over the new mapping system.

I can understand that mapping was needed for some rural areas. Some of the homes in the hollows and small towns did not have street addresses.

But why change it for those who already have had addresses for many years?

It is just not logical.

When you call the number on the letter you either get a busy signal or some weird recording. There is no one to talk to.

The notice was signed by a Timothy McIntyre, Manager of Operations Programs Support. A local spokesperson for the Williamson post office said that it was out of their hands – that they were told they need to send out the letters.

Not only are many people getting new house numbers, but apparently it has not been done correctly.

In most English-speaking countries, the standard is an alternating numbering scheme, progressing in one direction along a street, with odd numbers on one side (usually west or south or the left-hand side leading away from a main road) and even numbers on the other (usually north or east or the right-hand side leading away from a main road.)

For example, my street number is not only being changed for no logical reason, but will go from an odd number to an even number. Some of my neighbors are going from odd to even.

I guess this is typical for Mingo County, wasting taxpayers’ dollars on something that doesn’t need to be fixed in the first place.

(Kyle Lovern is the Editor for the Williamson Daily News. He can be contacted at [email protected] or at 304-235-4242, ext. 2277 or on Twitter @KyleLovern)

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