Many rural Spencer addresses will change in 2018

Dave Mack has a simple description for Marathon County’s current map of emergency services coverage. “It’s a mess,” he says.
As the county’s program manager in the Conservation, Planning and Zoning Department, Mack is all too aware of the shortcomings of the way county dispatchers based in Wausau send calls for help to police, fire and ambulance units in 58 different agencies. By next year, though, Mack said the system will be vastly simplified, with the implementation of a uniform addressing network in all 40 of the county’s rural townships and three villages.
Mack was in Spencer Tuesday morning to begin a public awareness campaign for the new address system. To be put into place in stages during the spring and summer of 2018, the new system will mean address changes for thousands of county residents, but the end result should be a safer county as the new network of addresses will be less confusing for those dispatching and providing emergency services responses.

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