Wis. Supreme Court reverses ruling on uniform addressing

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MARATHON COUNTY (WAOW) – The Wisconsin Supreme Court has ruled in the lawsuit between Marathon County and Rib Mountain over uniform addressing.

The decision released Thursday morning reversed a lower court’s ruling siding in favor of Rib Mountain. Rib Mountain tried to argue that much of the municipality is urban, that it should be exempt from the process.

Marathon County passed an ordinance in February 2016 mandating the creation of uniform addresses and elimination of duplicate roads.

“With different road names and discrete numbers that go with each one of them, is really going to help with the dispatch of emergency services,” says Scott Corbett, Marathon Co. Corporation Counsel.

The change is designed to help law enforcement, delivery services and emergency responders, in essence improving public safety and convenience by giving residents the right emergency response service at the right location.

The county began implementing the changes last spring.

After the Town of Rib Mountain learned it would be required to rename 61 of its 202 roads, it sued the county. Circuit Judge Greg Huber rejected the town’s claims in August 2017. The three-judge appeals court overturned that ruling. Then Thursday, the Wisconsin Supreme Court voted to overturn that ruling.

In a statement, Rib Mountain says, “The town of Rib Mountain is disappointed by the decision made by the Supreme Court but will be meeting next week to discuss what the next steps are.”

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