The City of Wall Lake is encouraging residents to ensure they have proper house numbers on their properties before city staff begin checking for compliance later this year. According to Clerk, Chris Rodman, they were contacted last year by a delivery company noting a surprising number of homes did not have identification, which made it difficult for drivers to deliver packages to the proper address. Rodman says city officials completed an unofficial survey to determine the extent of the problem.
The issue stems from a storm in 2009 that dropped large hailstones on the community, resulting in substantial damage to many homes’ siding. Many people were forced to replace their siding but neglected to include their house numbers. While they have not pursued the issue vigorously, city code does require all homes and businesses to have identification visible from the street.
Rodman notes many people have numbers posted on their mailboxes. While helpful for mail carriers, they do not address the issue with packages.
Rodman notes city crews won’t begin checking for proper house numbers until later this year, so residents do have some time yet to bring their homes into compliance. However, he encourages property owners to put up their numbers sooner rather than later while the weather is still favorable for outside work.