Inyo officials are beginning an effort to locate and catalogue every physical address in the county this week.
The Sheriff’s Department, utilizing a 2011 Homeland Security Grant, has contracted with Geographic Technologies Group to verify addresses throughout the county.
According to Sheriff’s Public Information Officer Carma Roper, crews from GTG will be out and about for the next month to ensure that every building in Inyo has a physical address that is correctly recorded in county documents.
“This is the first time this has been done in Inyo County that I know of,” Roper said. “The main goal for us is the location of residences,” but the company will also be verifying addresses for local businesses.
Currently, Inyo County has a catalogue of addresses in various departments, including the Assessor’s Office, Sheriff’s Office and Planning Department. Inyo County GIS Coordinator Jeff Duncan, who is helping in the verification project, said various departments often have conflicting information when it comes to addresses for certain parcels and buildings.
Duncan also said that some information may be outdated because some parcels in the county that once had a single dwelling on them may now have multiple units.
This project will give the county a new, accurate list that can be utilized by every department.
Eventually, Roper said, the information will be incorporated into the county’s reverse 911 system, giving local law enforcement, firefighters and other public safety entities easily accessible, accurate information for not only responding to calls but notifying citizens of large-scale emergencies.
Throughout the month, GTG employees will be on local streets and roads looking at both residential and business areas.
Duncan said that GTG address specialists may take photographs of residences or businesses that are not currently in the county data-base, or that do not have visible addresses that can be seen from the street.
GTG workers will be wearing safety vests and photo identifications and their vehicles will have identifying signs and warning lights. Address specialists will also be working with laptops and handheld computers, and will only be working during daylight hours.
The GTG address specialists won’t be working with residents directly, but local authorities don’t want residents to be concerned about mysterious individuals inspecting local neighborhoods.
Duncan said work is scheduled to begin today, Nov. 1 in the Bishop area and branch out from there, hitting every community in the county.