Blue Hill Selectmen Seeking 911 Law Compliance

BLUE HILL — The Board of Selectmen would like residents to start complying with the 911 law by making their street addresses visible on either the property itself or mailbox.

Chairman Duane Gray raised the issue at the board’s Nov. 18 meeting.

Gray said years ago a physician in East Blue Hill choked on a piece of turkey and died because emergency personnel were delayed in finding his residence, which wasn’t properly marked.

Gray estimated that one out of 10 residences is not in compliance.

“I’d say Blue Hill is lagging behind in 911 conformance,” Gray said. “We need a little bit of enforcement so we don’t have the same situation.”

The town can assess a $100 fine to property owners for failure to comply with the town’s 911 ordinance.

The ordinance states when the structure is within 50 feet from the edge of the road right-of-way, the assigned number should be displayed on the front of the structure near the front door.

Where the structure is over 50 feet from the edge of road right-of-way, the assigned number shall be displayed on a post, fence, wall, mailbox, or on some structure at the property line adjacent to the walk or access drive to the numbered structure.

The street address should be posted on both sides of a mailbox.

The address numbers should be a minimum 4 inches high and be of a contrasting color to its background.

The ordinance also suggests residents post their assigned house number and road name next to the telephone for reference in an emergency.

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Jennifer Osborn

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