County fines homeowner for failing to display numerals on house

County fines homeowner for failing to display numerals on house (Image 1)

During an emergency, minutes and even seconds count…

“In cardiac arrest, we try to be there within a five minute period.”

…and identifying where someone lives is part of that equation.

“The faster that we can get from where we are to where the emergency is, there’s a direct correlation with improved patient outcome.” Tyler Rhodes with Pitt EMS said.

For those reasons the county put ESAVE in place, an ordinance requiring all structures to have their address numbers displayed on the physical property.

“It is a requirement that every addressable structure have the numbers posted on the structure.” Planning Director James Rhodes said.

A house in rural Pitt County is one of about 100 that are non-compliant. Since November the county has mailed notices to owner and each day that he doesn’t comply he’s charged a $50 dollar. To date the fine exceeds $4,950.

“In cases where people have their homes down a long path, typically there needs to be off the main road the numerals posted there as well as on the structure that’s located on that path.” Rhodes said.

The home owner has the numbers posted in both locations, but not on the physical structure of the house, a clear violation of the ordinance.

WNCT asked the homeowner why he continues to defy the law and said off camera that he agrees with the intent of the law but not the letter of the law.

He’s appealing his case to the board of county commissioners. We’ll have an update on their decision on 9 On Your Side at 10 & 11.

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