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> Guthrie County Ordinance Number 9
Guthrie County Ordinance
Uniform Rural Address System Ordinance
Guthrie County, Iowa
Be it enacted by the Board of Supervisors (Board) of Guthrie County,
Section 1 Purpose - This Ordinance mandates the use of a uniform rural
address system for residents of Guthrie County in order to promote
the convenience, safety and general welfare of those residents and
provides for a penalty.
Section 2 Definitions - For use in this Ordinance, the following terms
or words shall be interpreted or defined as follows:
1. “Person” shall mean any individual, firm, corporation,
unincorporated association or other entity.
2. “Subdivision” shall mean the division of a tract of land into
separate lots or parcels for the purpose of transfer of ownership or
3. “Building” shall mean a roofed and/or walled structure built for
4. “Base map” shall mean the map used by the agency coordinating the
uniform rural address system in Guthrie County. Such a map shall
indicate all addresses in Guthrie County subject to the provisions
of this Ordinance.
Section 3 Establishment by Resolution - The Board shall, by
resolution, establish the type of uniform rural address system to be
used in Guthrie County.
Section 4 Extent of the System - The uniform rural address system
shall extend over the entire unincorporated areas of Guthrie County.
Unincorporated areas using an address system not attached to an
incorporated area shall be subject to the provisions of this
Ordinance. Any incorporated area, upon presentation of a written
request from the governing body of such city to the Board, may also
be included in the uniform rural addressing system.
Section 5 Implementation of the System - The Board shall direct the
E911 Coordinator to:
1. Verify the accuracy of the base map that shall be used in the
assignment of addresses.
2. Make all necessary corrections and updates to that map.
3. Assign addresses in accordance with the system selected by the
4. Purchase sign assembly materials.
5. Develop, print, and distribute rural reference maps for rural
emergency providers, dispatchers, all County offices, emergency
vehicles, the U.S. Post Office, and the general public.
Section 6 Street Signs - The E911 Coordinator shall supervise the
installation and maintenance of road identification markers at each
road intersection in Guthrie County whereby the provisions of this
Section 7 Individual Number Location Markers
1. Each designated address shall have the address posted at the
designated location with a marker approved by the Board.
2. Address markers shall be purchased through the E911 Coordinator
and shall have the following specifications:
a. The post shall be a 5’2” flexible composite material of 4” width.
The color shall be blue.
b. The numbers shall be 4” white, reflective numbers with 1” spacing
3. The Board shall set a fee for the markers, such markers to be
provided by the County.
4. All residences, businesses, utility sites and other occupied
structures shall have the address marker installed.
5. Markers that are defaced, lost, or destroyed must be replaced
within 30 days of such loss or damage.
6. Every person erecting a building, residence, or business shall
within seven days of commencement of construction notify the E911
Coordinator who shall within 14 days of notification assign a number
to such structure and install the designated marker.
7. Markers shall be placed as follows:
a. The marker shall be erected by the E911 Coordinator or designee.
b. The marker shall be located at the primary entrance to the
business, or other structure.
c. The marker shall be at lease 5’ but no more than 20’ on either
side of the entrance and no more than 5’ behind the road
right-of-way line. Should this spacing not be possible the E911
Coordinator shall determine the appropriate location.
d. There shall be no obstruction of the marker between the marker
and the road.
e. The E911 Coordinator with the approval of the Board shall
designate on an individual basis a uniform address location and
number style and type on all rural apartments, condominiums, strip
malls, multi-family dwellings, and other such structures where the
provisions of Section 7c are not practical.
Section 8 Maintenance of Uniform Rural Address System – The E911
Coordinator shall be responsible for the continued maintenance of
the uniform rural address system in Guthrie County. These duties
shall include assignment of all new addresses; installing
replacement address markers; replacing street markers as needed, in
conjunction with the Regional E911 Board and the County Engineer;
updating maps; issuing new maps to the agencies and persons provided
for in Section 5, subsection 5; making periodic checks of the rural
areas of Guthrie County to insure that the provisions of this
Ordinance are being complied with; and any other duties necessary to
insure the continued maintenance of the uniform rural address system
of Guthrie County.
Section 9 Special Account – Use of Account All fines and other
monies available or paid to the County under the provisions of this
Ordinance shall be placed in the E911 sign operating fund and
credited to a special agency account to be designated as the uniform
rural address system account under the control of the E911
Section 10 Penalty – Any person found in violation of this Ordinance
shall be guilty of a simple misdemeanor. Fines levied shall be
deposited into the Special Account.
Section 11 Repealer – All ordinances or parts of ordinances in
conflict with the provisions of this Ordinance are hereby repealed.
Section 12 Severability Clause – If any section, provisions, or part
of this Ordinance shall be adjudged invalid or unconstitutional;
such adjudication shall not affect the validity of the Ordinance as
a whole or any section, provision or part thereof not adjudged
invalid or unconstitutional.
Section 13 When Effective – This Ordinance shall be in effect after
its final passage, approval, and publication as provided by law.
Approved by the Guthrie Co. Board of Supervisors on March 24, 1992.
Published and effective April 2, 1992.