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City mulls annexation addressing adjustments

By: Grant Burr

Posted: 02/7/2018 10:30 AM

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Steinbach city council has asked administration to review plans for road names in newly annexed lands, formerly within the RM of Hanover.

The direction came following a letter from Canada Post, which advised it wishes to continue with the existing practice of civic addressing within city limits and said it hopes to implement changes by fall.

Residents currently using a box number in the affected areas will be converted to a civic addressing system. The transition would also include the installation of more community mailboxes, the letter said.

Mayor Chris Goertzen offered that old names for the roads in question, which were converted to a simplified rural road numbering about a decade ago, might be reinstated.

"To me it would seem logical that we would move toward the original names," he said, adding that through feedback the city can gather what makes most sense to residents.

In 2008, the RM of Hanover sparked complaints when it transitioned road names, some of which had strong historical significance, to the numbered system. The standardization move was done in an effort to ease the work of emergency responders attending to calls in unfamiliar areas of the rural municipality.

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