If you happen to receive a postcard in the mail like the one pictured here, you're one of the more than 20,000 Marathon County residents who will receive a new address as part of Marathon County's new Uniform Addressing System. This means that later this year (between April and November 2018), residents, business owners and landowners in 41 different Marathon County municipalities will receive a new six-digit uniform address, with a goal of helping emergency services provide the right service to the right place at the right time.
Some residents may feel overwhelmed by the fact they will be receiving a new address, but Marathon County is committed to helping people through this change. The County has created a special website dedicated to all-things Uniform Addressing, found at www.MyMarathonCountyAddress.org. The website can be accessed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and features information about the project, how new address signs will be delivered and installed, a list of participating municipalities (and a list of those not included), a helpful change-of-address checklist, maps and more. Non-English speaking residents can also translate the information found on the website into Hmong and Spanish using Google's handy translation tool. Visitors will also find helpful quick reference guides for residents and business owners, which can be downloaded and printed off. Once address signs begin to be delivered/installed, the website will continue to be updated regularly with a list of completed municipalities and where address signs will delivered/installed next.
Residents are also invited to visit any of the nine Marathon County Public Library locations across the county to get one-on-one, in-person assistance. Each MCPL location will have free printed copies of the residential and business quick reference guides and will have trained staff members ready to answer your questions, help you change your address with the DMV and other entities and more. Business owners can also get some of their questions answered during a pair of free, informative sessions with the Wausau Region Chamber of Commerce on January 25 and February 1.
For more information on Marathon County's Uniform Addressing project, why the system is necessary and how the project will be implemented, read the informative article recently published by Marathon County Board Chairman Kurt Gibbs. For questions regarding the Uniform Addressing project, how to prepare for your change of address and more, visit www.MyMarathonCountyAddress.org, your local MCPL location or call the MCPL Wausau Reference Desk at 715-261-7230.
image credit: Image by Ben Krombholz, Marathon County Public Library staff.