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City adopts new address ordinance

Addresses must now be posted and easily readable at every Perham home and business.

Citing concerns about resident safety, Perham city leaders enacted a new ordinance on Monday that requires all public and private properties to display their numerical addresses. The addresses must be unobstructed, posted either near the front door of the residence or on the mailbox.

Property owners have 45 days to comply with the new ordinance.

The need for the ordinance was apparent after the fire department expressed some frustration over the lack of a sensible system of property identification.

At a meeting with city councilors earlier this year, Perham Fire Chief Mark Schmidt said many properties had no addresses posted, or the addresses were hard to see. This has caused problems for emergency responders, he said, who have lost valuable time searching for the right residence.

The ordinance states that all owners or occupants of residential, commercial or industrial structures must display their assigned address numbers on the outside of the primary structure on their property, near the front door and clearly visible from the road. Address numbers have to be at least 4 inches high, and no self-adhesive appliques should be used.

In cases where trees, shrubbery, buildings or other obstructions will block the numbers in that front door location, the numbers should be displayed on the mailbox in numerals no less than 2 inches high, in a light reflective material and of a contrasting color to the background.

In rare instances where there is no mailbox and the numbers would be obstructed near the front door, the address must be displayed on a permanent mounting on the property, clearly visible from the road.

The ordinance lays out other details for property owners, including the owners or managers of multiple dwellings. The ordinance may be read in its entirety on the city’s website, by going to the “City Council” tab and then clicking on “Council Packets,” “Uniform Addressing Ordinance.”

Failure to comply with the ordinance within 45 days could lead to the denial of city licenses, applications and permits.

Marie Johnson

Marie Johnson joined the Detroit Lakes Tribune in November 2017 after several years of writing and editing at the Perham Focus. She lives in rural Frazee with her husband, Dan, their young son and daughter, and their yellow Lab.

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