North Newton City Council is considering an ordinance that will require homes in the city to display house numbers.
Ever drive into a neighborhood that was unfamiliar and have problems identifying the house you were looking for because the homes were not numbered?North Newton City Council is considering an ordinance that will require homes in the city to display house numbers.Mayor Ron Braun said the city council began looking at the issue about a month ago and asked city staff to bring a draft ordinance to the next meeting, which is scheduled for 7 p.m. June 9 at North Newton City Hall.“We are concerned about the safety and well being of the city’s residents,” he said. “Timing is everything if someone is having a heart attack or other problems. Providing EMS, fire and police with a clear house number will help those people find the correct location faster.”At the next meeting, the council will take a look at a draft ordinance and discuss what they would like to do about house numbers.“We’re really in the preliminary stage of this issue, but we — the city council — feel it is an issue that is worth looking into,” Braun said.Braun said he wasn’t aware of there ever being problems with emergency responses to homes being hindered because homes were not numbered. The city reminds home owners, contractors and others of the benefits of putting house numbers on homes and encourages them to put up numbers that are visible from the street, but nothing is official about having homes numbered in the city codes.Braun said most of the house already have the street numbers on them.“We’re going to look into the issue more before anything formal is decided, all the while keeping the safety and well-being of the city’s residents in mind,” Braun said.He said just because it’s already being done by the majority of residents, doesn’t meet the council believes it’s an issue that should be overlooked.