Buck Island, Simmonsville neighborhoods to get new addresses

Random and duplicate house numbers along Bluffton's Buck Island and Simmonsville roads can make everything from emergency response to pizza delivery more difficult.

New addresses from the town should change that for about 280 homes.

Since 2009, town officials have documented inaccurate addresses that could cause delays when police, firefighters or emergency responders answer calls, according to a memo prepared by building safety director Frank Hodge.

Buck Island Road resident Sharon Brown said the project is long overdue and that finding the right address on nearby side streets can be nearly impossible at night.

"If EMS came, I really don't know how they could find it," Brown said. "It's a mess."

On Nov. 19, volunteers will begin installing reflective address marker posts in yards with the new house numbers. The project's $4,500 cost will be paid for through the town's Neighborhood Assistance Program.

The work will be done in three phases, starting with Buck Island Road, Simmonsville Road and then side streets -- Ballfield Road, Centerfield Lane and New Mustang Drive.

About 10 new street names will also be assigned.

Bilingual invitations hung on door knobs will be distributed in the neighborhood asking residents to attend a meeting from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 5 at the Community Center at Oscar Frazier Park where the project will be explained.

Homeowners in the neighborhood should know what they'll have to do after they get the new addresses, because the project has been discussed at several meetings, Hodge told Town Council on Tuesday.

"Most everyone knows this is going to happen," said project manager Theresa Thorsen.

The town will notify utility companies of the new addresses, while other responsibilities will fall on homeowners. If they own mailboxes, they'll have to purchase new numbers for them. They also will have to notify employers, financial institutions, cable companies and publications soon after if they want to keep receiving bills and correspondence at home.

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