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Making your address work for you

October 5, 2011
Dysart Reporter

The Tama County Emergency Management Agency is responsible for enforcing the Tama County Rural Addressing Ordinance (Tama County Ordinance IV.5).

This ordinance mandates the use of a uniform rural address system for residents of Tama County in order to promote the convenience, safety and general welfare of those residents and provides for a penalty.

How to post your 9-1-1 address -

Location of sign: On the county right-of-way, along the fence row and on the same side of the road as the house building. In no case shall the sign be closer than 15 feet from the edge of the road. Sign must be visible from both directions of travel.

Installation of Sign: -

Landowners are responsible for installation of their sign.

Every house or building site shall have a sign. If more than one house uses the same driveway, a sign shall be installed for each house. (Any apartment Landowner shall be responsible to clearly mark each and every apartment with a separate number/letter at the entrance.)

All signs shall be bolted on a 6 ft. steel post which is driven two feet in the ground.

Landowners are responsible for keeping their sign visible (not overgrown with vegetation, obstructed or intentionally damaged).

Cost -

New residents will be notified of their E911 address by the EMA as requests are made.

All costs for the initial sign and post are covered by the E911 Board with surcharge funds.

Additional signs may be purchased through the Tama County Emergency Management Agency if needed.

Non-compliant address may be fined up to $200

On September 6th 2011 the County Board of Supervisors held their final reading and approved a revision to the Tama County rural addressing ordinance (IV.5). The only change to to ordinace was the removal or contradictory language in the punishment section of the ordinance.

If you know of any non-compliant address or any structure in the county (non-city) please contact the Tama County Emergency Management Agency:

(641) 484 3760

Please provide the location of the sign issue to the dispatcher. Tama County Emergency Management Agency staff will then investigate the issue at their earliest availability.

Your cooperation will help ensure public safety and emergency responder efficiency.

If you have any questions reference Tama County Ordinance IV.5 please contact:

Tama County Emergency Management Agency

Attn: Ryan Currens or Julie Vokoun

100 N. Main Street

Toledo, IA 52342

(641) 484 6261



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