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Maple Lake Community Members React to Address Change
Written by Erin MacPherson
Last updated on August 23, 2013 @ 9:43AM
Created on August 21, 2013 @ 6:07PM

Address changes have become a topic many people in Harrison County are heated about. Just recently, people living in Bridgeport have found out they have one year to change their address. 5 News spoke with residents in the Maple Lake area who are not happy about this change.

"On August 16th most people, I myself, received a letter in the mail stating my address would change and that's when the phone calls started," said Matt Poling, Maple Lake President. 

Harrison County 911 Officials said these address changes have been in the making for years and now it's going into effect. 

"We're trying to get common names, common addressing schemes, and common numbering schemes. So in the event of a needed an ambulance or needing a fire truck, we can locate the individuals quicker," said Paul Bump, Harrison County 911. 

Most people in the Maple Lake area of Bridgeport simply don't understand. 

"Each lot has a number one, two, three, four. It's a circle. It goes in order around the lake. They added about six new street names to Maple Lake itself. It might help 911 ultimately, but I don't think it's going to help anyone else," said Beth Nuzum, Maple Lake Resident. 

The new addresses go by mileage which is easier for community services. Some communities have changed over the years. 

"There have been additions where you have driveways here and driveways there along with added houses and different pieces," said Bump. 

Some people said when they first heard about this they thought it was going to be a simple change. 

"Issue a yellow sign with a number on it to make it easier for fire trucks and ambulances to find you. I wasn't aware they wanted to change your complete physical address," said Patty Loar, Maple Lake Resident. 

"We're responsible for contacting all the people who send us mail and changing our address for all our bill purposes and our drivers license," said Nuzum. 

Ultimately addresses are going to have to change and community members have a year to do so. But the president of this community said they at least want roads to have Maple Lake in the name. 

"It's just so critical that the emergency personnel know how to respond and know once they get that call, Maple Lake, they can be in route and get more information as needed while they're in route. But those critical two or three minutes can save lives," said Poling. 

"We're doing what we can to lessen the impact and it's been challenging for all of us," said Bump. 


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