Crews from Doña Ana Countyís Rural Addressing Project will be coming to the North Valley soon. All properties in the area from the Las Cruces city limits to Fort Selden will be addressed and mapped for the permanent county files, as well as to enhance the countyís 911 emergency services.
Among the information the crews will need from each household is the electric meter number; other information will be sought on a case-by-case basis. Once compiled, the information will be superimposed onto a state-of-the-art map, the precision and detail of which will help emergency crews find even the most remote location in the event of a fire, accident or natural disaster.
Because the new addresses are formulated from a grid system that flows out from the nearest municipality, some addresses may change in order to insure that each household has a different number and that the numbers are sequentially organized according to the grid pattern. Duplicate street names also will change, but in order to avoid disruption as much as possible, only the streets with the fewest numbers of residents will be targeted for name changes.
The Rural Addressing Program works in conjunction with local 911 services to serve the publicís welfare and help insure safety across Doña Ana County. According to coordinator Emilio Tapia, public support and cooperation are keys to the programís benefit to all Doña Ana County residents.
Public input is welcome at every stage of the Rural Addressing Program, and meetings can be scheduled in areas where impact is deemed to be substantial or in areas where the residents simply seek to better understand the goals of the project and the means by which those goals will be achieved.
Anyone with questions or who would like to schedule a meeting for a particular neighborhood may call Tapia at (505) 647-7245 any time during normal working hours.