The Knox County Clerk's Office has made the new Knox County E911 Map available digitally. All the new county road names are available and final with one exception - Evansville Road will be Troublesome Road.
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Original Story Printed in the March 5, 2014, edition of The Edina Sentinel
By Echo Menges
The Knox County Commissioners have been working on bringing Enhanced 911 service (E-911) to the county for nearly a year-and-a-half now. The effort to consolidate the Knox County dispatch centers, at the Knox County Sheriff's Office and Knox County Ambulance District, with the Macon County E-911 Center has been a long and tedious process originally hoped to be completed by the first of this year.
Up to this point the majority of the work on the E-911 project has taken place behind the scenes and over the last year the Commissioners have navigated a sea of paperwork, undergoing the processes of negotiating and contracting the services of the Macon County E-911 Center, selected new county road names, had the county re-mapped to include the new names, negotiated contracts for hundreds of new road signs and, since the beginning of the year, they have been working on renumbering and assigning five digit addresses to replace the current rural route box numbers.
“We have the numbering almost done,” said Eastern District Commissioner Red Callahan.
“We've saved a ton of money by doing the addressing ourselves. It has probably taken a little bit longer by doing it that way, but I think it's saved us an incredible amount of money. Just to have someone do our addressing it would have cost around $90,000. To have someone do the signs and addressing both it would have totaled around $160,000,” said Presiding Commissioner Evan Glasgow. “$21,811 is what we've spent on signs and posts so far and we're installing all of those ourselves.”
“Saving $160,000 is a heck of a reason to do it ourselves,” said Western District Commissioner Roger Parton.
“We have close to half of the addresses switched over as far as being put on the master address guide with the post office. It's a time consuming process. We've been working on addressing pretty steadily since the first of the year,” said Glasgow.
Once new address numbers have been assigned they need to be approved by the Post Office. Once the Post Office approves the new address numbers the county is responsible for notifying residents and businesses located on county roads of what the new addresses are. After that everyone affected has one full year to notify senders of their new address. Though, at this point, the Commissioners don't know exactly when the new addresses will be distributed.
On Thursday, February 27, 2014, the more visible part of the process of the project began. The first sign marking a newly named Knox County Road went up in Edina and was installed by county employees Kurt Goodwin and David Walker west of the Farm Shop on County Road 149 and Highway 6.
The Knox County work crew is working on installing 228 signs on existing stop signs where county roads meet blacktop state highways. After the ground thaws they will begin installing new poles and road signs at every county road (gravel) intersection.
A portion of the Knox County map can be found on page 10 and 11 of this issue of the Sentinel where some of the new Knox County roads names can be found. Please note that the road names “Outboard” and “Evansville” are incorrect and the correct names for those roads are “Buckboard” and “Troublesome” respectively.
A complete map, which includes all of the newly named roads, can be found in the Knox County Commissioner's office at the courthouse and is available to be viewed by the public. Eventually an electronic version of the map will be available on the county's website and a link to it will be posted on nemonews.net when it becomes available.