Crackdown spurs rush on house numbers

By Emily Le Coz/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – Property owners this past week have inundated city and county agencies seeking help in the wake of Tupelo’s crackdown on those who lack address numbers.
The city Development Services Department logged more than 100 calls since the Daily Journal published a story about the crackdown April 30, according to department Director BJ Teal.
“The first day was absolutely loony, but we didn’t get one negative call,” Teal said. “It all has been very positive.”
An estimated 75 people also called Lee County E911, which will provide and install address numbers for free upon request. That agency’s assistant director, Mary McCarter, said many of those who called were elderly.
“I had one person call back crying and thanking us for how nice it looked,” she said.
Several stores in Tupelo also appeared to have had a rush on numbers. Home Depot spokeswoman Jamie Reynolds said she has seen a noticeable uptick in sales but said the store still has a wide variety of numbers available.
Not so at the West Main Street Walmart, where a reporter noticed many of the numbers – especially 1s and 2s – in short supply.
According to city code, all properties must have address numbers affixed to the front of the structure so that they’re visible from the road. Numbers must be at least 4 inches in height and must be either black or a color that contrasts with the color of the structure. If a property isn’t visible from the road, numbers must be posted on a sign near the road.
Mailboxes also must display the numbers.
Failure to display numbers can result in a warning. If property owners still don’t comply, they could face fines of $10 per day.
emily.lecoz@journalinc.com