W.Va. 911 address conversion only half done

Nov 20, 2010 Full story: Charleston Gazette 9

It's been underway for nine years, but the statewide conversion from rural-route to city-style street addressing has a long way to go.

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Rich

AOL

#1 Nov 21, 2010
Last in the nation once again! Is this really a surprise to anyone? Put government in chrge of anything - especially WV government - and it is guaranteed to be a first class train wreck!

“Don't sing it, Bring it!”

Since: Nov 08

Clarksburg, WV

#2 Nov 24, 2010
It is a little bit of a difficult project you dumbass. It is alot harder to start from scratch mapping a rural area than it is to do the same in larger areas that have been addressing streets all along.
Beavis

United States

#3 Nov 25, 2010
I wonder how many 911 calls are made in WV where the caller says their location is "just down the hollar."
prostiebarbie

Clarksburg, WV

#4 Dec 15, 2010
I know of somebody who called 911 (several years ago)on the hill between summit park and the mall and the caller had to basically explain it like I just did. Rural areas are harder, but we are getting there.

Since: Apr 07

Nutter Fort, WV

#5 Dec 15, 2010
The US Census Bureau prepares new maps of every residence in the country in just a couple months, every ten years. The last time, they got GPS readings for everything. Most of the work has already been done. Just add in businesses and other non-residential locations, pick a street name, and decide what numbers to use. Maybe ask the rural mail carriers for their ideas. I don't see what is so hard about this. Oh, right, having locals try to figure it out from scratch. About four years ago, I asked someone at my volunteer fire department what my locator number was. He said, "I don't know, I've got all the maps at home." He did call and tell me a few days later, but I still don't have the number on a stick like he said they were going to do.

“Don't sing it, Bring it!”

Since: Nov 08

Clarksburg, WV

#6 Dec 15, 2010
grainpaw wrote:
The US Census Bureau prepares new maps of every residence in the country in just a couple months, every ten years. The last time, they got GPS readings for everything. Most of the work has already been done. Just add in businesses and other non-residential locations, pick a street name, and decide what numbers to use. Maybe ask the rural mail carriers for their ideas. I don't see what is so hard about this. Oh, right, having locals try to figure it out from scratch. About four years ago, I asked someone at my volunteer fire department what my locator number was. He said, "I don't know, I've got all the maps at home." He did call and tell me a few days later, but I still don't have the number on a stick like he said they were going to do.
If census has GPS readings they were not willing to share them. That has been the biggest part of the project.

Since: Apr 07

Nutter Fort, WV

#7 Dec 16, 2010
Then advertise to hire the temporary census workers who have worked on mapping. At least they know what to do and know the territory. And hire the substitute rural carriers who would want some extra work. Or get a congressman to pry the data out of the Census Bureau.

Since: Apr 07

Nutter Fort, WV

#8 Dec 16, 2010
Or send the volunteer fire departments out to map one road a month, or whatever is reasonable. It's in their interests to get this done, apparently.

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Since: Nov 08

Clarksburg, WV

#9 Dec 16, 2010
The 911 center has hired a staff to do the mapping. They have not been at it that long and are making good progress.

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