Total revamp (almost) for M.D. address system

Joe McWilliams
Lakeside Leader

It turns out the M.D. of Lesser Slave River’s troubled rural address system is not salvageable. Council learned last week that it’s going to be chucked out and replaced with something that does work.

At council’s June 27 meeting in Widewater, M.D. public works manager Bill Klassen told council of the 1,784 rural addresses in the M.D., 1,700 of them need to be changed. This is the upshot of a review of the new address system, which the M.D. launched several years ago and which was never satisfactorily completed.

“We finally got that done,” said Klassen.

Klassen offered no clues as to what exactly is wrong with the current addresses, just that a whole new set of address signs is coming – each with a new number plus the M.D. logo. As for the 84 numbers that don’t have to be changed, they’ll get new signs anyway, to be consistent in look with the other 1,700.

The new addresses were instituted to make a consistent system across the entire M.D., replacing several incompatible and apparently unjustifiable sets of rural addresses in the various hamlets across the M.D.

It seemed a good idea, but years dragged by and problems persisted; the new addresses never seemed (or not all of them) seemed to catch on in places where they needed to be recognized (such as with whatever system emergency dispatchers use to send out ambulances and such). Klassen and his team have been working on the file for the last year or two when they could find the time between other M.D. priorities (mainly roads).

Councillor Robert Esau asked if the new numbers mean certain vital documents will have to be changed.

“When you re-apply,” said Klassen.

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