bit of background for those who do not know me. I have worked in
newspaper delivery for the last dozen years and in doing so I have
encountered numerous poorly implemented addressing conditions.
Concluding that many of these should have been easily avoidable, I have
developed a comprehensive addressing legislation proposal to rectify
the existing problematic conditions and to mitigate the creation of
additional difficult ones.
I have identified several questionable addressing issues in my town and
several others, which have been virtually unanimously ignored. The
result, admittedly, is that I have undoubtedly irked those in my town
and elsewhere, but they or others before those currently in office
allowed these things to occur and those currently there are refusing to
take any corrective actions on even a few of them.
While up early working in newspaper delivery one morning in the last
week or so, it occurred to me that it was getting to be the time of
year that the holiday decorations start going up and that there are
always at least a few that put these up such that they obstruct the
view of their address numbers and/or unit designations. Early one
morning I left a message with the Borough Clerk of my town before he
got into work suggesting that we put a message on the programmable
electronic sign in the center of town suggesting that the citizens do
not obstruct the view of their address numbers with decorations,
however festive they may be. I received no response.
Today I drove through the center of town and saw that both an older
style sign at the borough hall and the new electronic one were blank,
so I figured it was the perfect time for them to display my message. I
do not know why the older one was blank, but as it turns out the new
electronic one was broken and is to be repaired imminently.
In discussing this with the Borough Clerk, he acknowledged receiving my
message, but indicated that it was not going to be posted. Upon asking
him why, he explained that he "didn't think it was important enough."
Realizing that my discussions on this had all been verbal over the
phone, I sought documentation of his position. I asked if I sent him a
letter if he would respond in writing and he said only if he "chose to
do so." Of course, if I were to submit a complaint, I am sure he is the
one with whom I would file it.
Some may think, perhaps, that I have taken addressing a bit too
seriously, but this was a simple altruistic suggestion graciously
offered for the benefit of all that should not have been rejected. This
is, however, what those of us concerned with address implementation,
posting, delineation and dissemination of information depicting it are
Specifically for us up overnight delivering newspapers, after the
carriers put out their holiday, Christmas, cards seeking tips is a
popular time for them to quit. This results in a fair number of new
carriers struggling to learn their routes under unnecessarily adverse
conditions at the most difficult time of year when there is the least
daylight, colder temperatures in some parts of the country and the
first snowfalls in some areas. Much more importantly, it should be
obvious that this could hinder emergency response efforts and generally
make it more difficult for the general public to find their chosen
destination and, especially at this time of year, package delivery
companies to deliver gifts.
Some members of URISA, and others who may [read] this, may have more
influence than I do on what is put on the town signs or otherwise
expressed to the citizenry where they live, work, or consult. I know a URISA
Digest just went out, but lets remind folks to be careful of this
now and each year at this time.
At this holiday time, it is my sincere wish that you all should only
have to be found for happy things, and if you are to be so blessed
those looking for you should easily find you.