Bow street name changes raise E-911 concerns
A town committee recommended some changes be made after a state survey noted some concerns. The first group of changes to street names and numbering that pose problems with the E-911 system began last summer. The majority of changes are triggered when building permits are pulled on streets with potential issues.
Selectman Jack Crisp said there was no question that a problem existed and it was their responsibility to acknowledge it. Out of order, duplicate numbers, and having no way to create new addresses without using letters creates problems for the 911 system, Crisp said. The state standard uses letters to indicate units within an address only. The town is using the state standard of renumbering parcels in 50-foot increments.
Residents and business owners came to the selectmen’s meeting June 25 to speak against the third round of changes, which include renaming Johnson Road to River Road and renumbering the entire roadway. Stone Sled Lane, Clement Road, Sterling Place, and Peaslee Road are also set to be renumbered.
Robert Pike, representing the Peaslee Hill Development, said renumbering is not necessary there, because the development planned for the maximum number of houses, all the lots are deeded and the one-acre lots cannot be subdivided.
Mark Connelly, of Stone Sled Lane said the street was set out in a logical fashion and there could be no confusion with the current numbering system.
After some discussion, the board approved the changes which will take effect Sept. 16.
The town manager acknowledged that reaction to the changes has been mixed, but noted that aside from the inconvenience, people realize there is a problem that must be resolved.