WINFIELD -- A more flexible set of guidelines could allow more Putnam County addresses to be grandfathered in rather than changed as part of the 911 addressing project.
But that might not help the residents of Joy Lane and Cleveland Drive just outside Culloden who brought the issue before the commission.
Commissioners approved an amendment to a 2003 ordinance Tuesday morning that sets out ways neighborhoods could be exempt from the addressing and mapping project.
The houses must be numbered with even numbers on the right and odds on the left. They must also be sequential, and it must be unlikely or impossible for new structures to be added to the development.
And the post office must accept the new number, and it won't allow a house number to be reassigned in the neighborhood.
For example, if no house is numbered 215, that number may be added. But if 213 and 217 are out of order, they can't simply be swapped to solve the problem. Both houses would have to get new numbers, which would then necessitate renumbering the entire neighborhood.
Also, if the even and odd numbers are on the wrong sides of the road, the two sides can't be swapped because the same numbers would have to be reused.
That's part of the problem in the two Culloden neighborhoods. The residents just want their old numbers back, but they don't meet the requirements of the ordinance that are designed to standardize addresses for emergency services.
"We're asking you to leave us alone or allow us to help in making us sequential," one resident said.
But officials say the post office likely wouldn't accept that because it would require reassigning addresses already in use.
At one point, one of the Culloden residents became frustrated and said to the commissioners, "Thank you, Mr. Obama, I appreciate it," and left.