Saluda residents receive new addresses in emergency services overhaul

Published 1:21 pm Tuesday, July 11, 2023

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State-ordered address change sweeps city for updated 911 services


SALUDA-The Saluda Board of Commissioners held a regularly scheduled meeting at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, July 10. At the meeting City Manager Steven A. Orr informed the public that some Saluda residents will have their addresses changed by order of emergency services and the state of North Carolina.

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The state has formally requested the city of Saluda perform the change, and now the county is creating new addresses for Emergency 911 services. “Again, I will reiterate, the city of Saluda had two opportunities over the last 20 years and it was not done. And now we are being told that we have to do it” Orr said.

On July 11, postcards with the new addresses will be sent to the 226 households that are affected. Citizens will then need to go to Saluda City Hall to receive a special sign to take home.  The sign must be put somewhere visible on the owner’s property. This sign is what will be used by emergency services to identify the property until a full address change is complete.

“You’re still going to get your mail and all that stuff, but you’re going to have to change your mail eventually” said Orr. Affected households will also need to change their new address with utility companies and get updated driver’s licenses.

“You’ve got those things to do and so unfortunately, this is where we are.” Orr said.

The new addresses will go into effect beginning Monday, July 17.