For Hub City Times
MARATHON COUNTY – More than 20,000 local addresses will change this year when Marathon County eliminates its 10 existing address grids and implements a single Uniform Addressing System across participating municipalities, consisting mainly of unincorporated towns and a few villages.
The goal of the new Uniform Addressing System is to help Marathon County emergency services provide the right service to the right place at the right time.
The Marathon County Conservation, Planning, & Zoning (CPZ) Department began a postcard mailing to residents, landowners, and business owners who will receive new addresses. New address signs and street name signs will be installed or delivered beginning in April, starting on the east side of Marathon County and moving west by municipality over the course of the following months. The project is estimated to be completed by November.
Marathon County is the largest county in the state geographically, with the county providing 911 emergency services for all of its 62 cities, villages, and towns. It is one of only four counties remaining in the state without a Uniform Addressing System.
As of Jan. 10, 41 county municipalities are participating in the addressing project. These include: Bergen, Berlin, Bern, Bevent, Brighton, Cassel, Cleveland, Day, Easton, Eau Pleine, the town and village of Elderon, Emmet, Frankfort, Franzen, Green Valley, Guenther, Halsey, Hamburg, Harrison, Hewitt, Holton, Hull, Johnson, Knowlton, Marathon, McMillan, the town of Mosinee, Norrie, Plover, Reid, Rib Falls, Rietbrock, Ringle, the town of Spencer, Stettin, the village of Stratford, Texas, the town of Wausau, the town of Weston, and Wien.
Municipalities not participating include: Abbotsford, Athens, Birnamwood, Brokaw, Colby, Dorchester, Edgar, Fenwood, Hatley, Kronenwetter, Maine, Marathon City, Marshfield, the city of Mosinee, Rothschild, Schofield, Spencer, Unity, the city of Wausau, and the village of Weston.
An application by the town of Rib Mountain is currently begin reviewed by the Wisconsin Court of Appeals.
For more information on the project, visit the Marathon County CPZ Department Uniform Addressing website at www.MyMarathonCountyAddress.org or visit any of Marathon County Public Library locations.