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Update March 2018

   Anyone who wants a double-sided sign for their highway address should contact Eric at the Planning Department 575-758-6446 or eric.montoya@taoscounty.org and request one. The signs are now free from the County Planning department for residents who live in Taos Canyon on Highway 64. You will have to go in and pick it up from the Planning Dept. They are on the second floor of the Courthouse complex.

Previous Information

   Last summer the Taos Canyon Neighborhood Association and the Firewise Communities of Taos Canyon and Valle Escondido took on a challenge proposed by the Rio Fernando Volunteer Fire Department to improve the visibility of property address signs in the Canyon. In mid-August a committee met with representatives of Taos County to see where they were in the process of obtaining new address signs. It looked like it was going to be several years down the road. Sue Felser worked tirelessly to obtain a grant from the USDA Communities Facilities Program that would cover 35% of the project, and you responded favorably. Since then, the County has also realized its importance.
   Tim Corner, Taos County Planning Department, was able to push through a new addressing ordinance that will require improved signage through out the County. Our County Commissioner, Candyce O'Donnell, was very supportive of this ordinance and Taos County Ordinance 2017-1 passed on April 4, 2017. The County will provide new single-sided signs at no cost to residents and the double-sided signs will be $5 each with the possibility of a fee waiver. What a deal!
   Taos County hopes to be able to provide all this by the fall of 2017, thus we withdrew our grant application for our sign order and delivery. The signs the County will use are of the same type that we were going to order. We encourage all residents of Taos Canyon to obtain the 2-sided signs to provide improved visibility for 911 responses. This is an important need, as poorly visible house numbers or worse … no numbers at all … has sometimes hampered 911 responses!

   Also, under the new ordinance, Taos County will no longer be charging fees for naming private roads, if it is determined to be in the interest of public safety. If your driveway serves three or more houses, you may submit a petition to name the road to Tim Corner. You will need 66% or more of property owners on the road to agree to a road name. This will expedite the process and ensure that you get to choose your road name. The County will install the road name sign at no cost to you. The naming of a road does not mean the County will adopt or maintain the road, nor does it make it a public right of way. Contact Tim Corner (575-737-3839) for more information, petition forms, and a list of acceptable road names.

   As soon as Taos County has figured out when and how to deliver the address signs, you will receive another email with that information. Many thanks to all for your support in this endeavor and to those who responded to our previous mailings. Please continue your support of Taos Canyon Neighborhood Association, Taos Canyon Firewise, Valle Escondido Firewise, and the Rio Fernando Volunteer Fire Department.

             BE A PART OF MAKING YOUR CANYON SAFER FOR ALL!

911-Rural Addressing Committee:
Sue Felser, Dennis Moore, Natica Dahlkamp, De Lazzaro, Shelley Loveless, Patricia Rausch, Mary Short, Drena Welty, Irene Neimeier

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