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Marathon County officials look to update and standardize rural addressing


WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAU) -- Marathon County officials are moving ahead with plans to standardize the county's rural addressing systems.

The county's conservation, planning and zoning department is asking supervisors on the public safety committee to move forward with a way to put all the county's different addressing systems into one program. Marathon County planning tech Preston Vande Voort says there can be confusion with all the different addressing regions in the county. "With the 10 grids, there's duplicate ranges, duplicate addresses, that's our main concern with Land Records. We've got to change roughly 24,000 addresses if we go that route."

The project is still a long way off before it moves to any sort of operational stage. "I would imagine a year to figure out what needs to be done with the rural addressing system. What different outcomes we can have to solve the different problems we're having right now." Vande Voort says for now they're getting approvals and looking at software to help them with the updates. "We're getting the wheels turning right now, it's just gotta go to different committees, and state what the problem is, and have solutions coming up with Public Safety. They're the driving force behind it."

Vande Voort says the earliest the process might get completed would be 2016.