Civic numbering coming to Happy Valley-Goose Bay

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Starting in the new year, civic numbers will be required on properties in Happy Valley-Goose Bay.

The town council passed a motion bringing the new policy into effect at its monthly meeting on Tuesday.

Deputy Mayor Bert Pomeroy told SaltWire Network the policy had been a long time in the making, but council is glad to see it passed.

“For things like fire and EMS, if they’re looking for a residence and they aren’t numbered or numbered correctly, it can present problems and challenges and be a matter or life or death in some cases,” Pomeroy said.

The town will grandfather in current numbers that are on buildings, he said, but new numbers will have to meet regulations, such as size, visibility and distance from the street.

The regulations will come into effect on Jan. 1 and Pomeroy said more information will roll out in the coming weeks and in the new year.

During the council meeting, Coun. Lori Dyson said her workplace has been bringing people Christmas hampers, and people had returned frustrated a number of times, unable to find homes due to the lack of civic numbers on houses.

The matter first came to council in 2018, when former emergency medical responder Jamie Felsberg spoke at a meeting, highlighting the need for numbers on buildings.

Felsberg cited statistics that say within 10 minutes the majority of people in cardiac arrest have irreversible brain damage, which is not a lot of time.

He said he had been on calls where they went down certain streets and could not find a certain house because it was not labelled. They encouraged people to stand on the side of the road, he said, and wave the ambulance down, but not everybody can do that.

Two years later, Felsberg said he’s glad to see it finally being implemented.

“The problem and the need hasn’t changed,” he said. “I named a few of the big impacts in that meeting, but when you really think of it, you don’t really realize how much numbering on houses actually affects the day-to-day in a community.”

He said simple things like cabs and ordering food or trying to meet up with friends can be stymied and dragged out by the lack of a house number — minor inconveniences, to be sure, but inconveniences nonetheless.

Evan Careen, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Telegram