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Visible numbers set to become mandatory for all homes
 
Finding your way around the Crowsnest Pass can be a confusing chore at times for people not used to the community, especially with some of the newer subdivisions and rural country residential acreages. However, the task of finding specific buildings, which can be especially important for emergency workers, will soon be simpler as council looks to enact a civic addressing bylaw.
Council discussed a draft of the bylaw at its Tuesday, April 27 Governance and Priorities Committee meeting. In a nutshell, the bylaw would make it mandatory for every residential and commercial building to display its address so that it is visible from the street.
The bylaw was drafted based on guidelines that exist in other municipalities. It lays out requirements for how far the numbers can be from the street, what size the numbers are, and fines for failing to obey the bylaw.
In previous years, Troy Linderman, director of Crowsnest Pass EMS, has spoken to council about the importance of displaying addresses on buildings. While he told council that people who have been here for some time are able to find homes easily, it is not guaranteed that every emergency worker will have an intimate knowledge of every Pass address. When emergencies take place and every minute can count, it is important that emergency workers, including EMS, police, and firefighters, can find a specific home as quickly as possible.
The draft bylaw indicated that fines of $210 for a first offense and $510 for a second could be levied for contravening the bylaw. However, CAO Gordon Lundy told council that he felt these were too high.
 
"We're going to have a lot of these," he said, indicating that the municipality would need to do a lot of promotion for the bylaw once it passes. Councillor Dean Ward suggested that the fines could be set at $50 for a first offense and $200 for a second.
In residential and commercial areas, the address numbers would have to be displayed on the house or storefront, in contrasting colours, within 30 feet of the street and clearly visible. In rural areas, the numbers would have to be posted on the gate or entrance to the property.
The draft of the bylaw also stated that numbers must be displayed in the rear lanes of properties, in addition to the numbers in the front.
Mayor John Irwin said that he feels it would be ridiculous to force people to display the address in the back lane when it will be hard enough to convince everyone to display them in the front. He added that there should at the very least be no fines for a failure to display numbers in the back.
Councillor Ward also pointed out that not all properties in the Pass have an accessible back lane.
However, Councillor John Salus argued that numbers in the back lane should also be mandatory. He said that police might have cases where they need to approach a home from the rear, and that the numbers should be visible there as well to help them find the right house.
Councillor David Cole pointed out that police would have seen the house from the front first anyway. He said that if people want to display the address in the back lane, that would be fine, but said that council should not make it mandatory. The only mandatory display, he said, should be in the front.
A new draft of the bylaw, addressing council's concerns, will be brought to the next council meeting for further discussion.
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