Twin Lakes to move ahead with 911 signs for all properties

The sign size chosen by the  Twin Lakes Village Board is like the red sign shown here.

The sign size chosen by the Twin Lakes Village Board is like the red sign shown here.

The Twin Lakes Village Board is moving ahead with placing 911 address signs on each improved property in the village.

The board approved by unanimous voice vote a motion directing the village administration to draft an ordinance implementing the signs at its Nov 16 regular meeting. Trustee Kevin Fitzgerald was absent.

In giving the administration direction on some of the details, the board decided to have the signs placed at every improved property in the village, use three lines of printing on a smaller of two considered sizes, make the signs blue with galvanized (silver) posts and have signs installed by the sign company.

911 signs are made of street sign quality materials. They are placed in uniform locations to aid fire department, emergency medical services and police in locating properties in a hurry. Several nearby towns, including Randall, Salem and Wheatland, already have the signs.

In a couple of discussions of the signs since September, the board has debated whether to have the signs on every property, but ultimately decided to have a sign at every improved property.

The signs are expected to cost $28 per property, including installation.  Originally the village planned to place the cost as a special charge on village tax bills, but was advised against that by the village attorney. Instead, the village will bill for the signs, perhaps along with a sewer bill. Then, if  someone is delinquent on the sign charge, it can be added to the appropriate tax bill, said village administrator Jennifer Frederick

The village has about 3,000 improved parcels.

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