Shelby County to Implement Rural Address System


Published on June 14 2012 11:45 am
Last Updated on July 14 2013 12:07 pm
Written by Greg Sapp

Shelby County will be implementing a rural addressing system.

The county currently still operates on a rural route system, one of a handful of counties in Illinois without a rural addressing system.  A private grant will cover the $61,000 cost of developing the system. 

Shelby County Zoning Administrator Jared Rowcliffe said the funding donor wishes to remain anonymous.

Rowcliffe said Coles County Regional Planning and Development Commission will do the field work to identify residential and commercial locations throughout the county.  The information will be sent to the US Postal Service to finalize the information.  Rowcliffe said it will likely take a year to get the information finalized, and then the actual process of implementing the new addresses will begin.  He said public forums will be scheduled to share information with the public on the process.

One thing Rowcliffe is stressing is that this does not involve a new tax; again, the project is being privately funded.

Rowcliffe hopes the rural addressing system will make it easier and faster for emergency service agencies to respond to calls.  He said rural residents should also see an improvement in deliveries by parcel services to their homes.