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9-1-1 address signs are required

April 28, 2013
From: Ryan Currens - Tama County Emergency Management / E911 Coordinator , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

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 -

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Ryan Currens
Tama Co. Emergency Management / E911 Director

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.

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.



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