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[Ord. No. 95-01, 8-14-1995]
A. 
Background — Purpose. This document describes standard conventions to be used for naming streets and assigning address numbers in Cass County, Missouri.
B. 
Scope. These Standard Addressing Conventions (SAC) shall only apply to the unincorporated areas of Cass County.
C. 
Overview. The Standard Addressing Conventions (SAC) includes the following elements:
1. 
Definitions of SAC terms and abbreviations;
2. 
Standard Street Naming Conventions (SSNC), including pre- and post-directionals, suffixes and secondary address identifiers;
3. 
Standard Address Assignment Conventions (SAAC), including secondary addresses;
4. 
Rules and regulations for changing a particular street or address, including all the street or address components.
[Ord. No. 95-01, 8-14-1995]
As used in this Chapter, the following terms shall have these prescribed meanings:
ADDRESS LOCATION INFORMATION
See "DELIVERY ADDRESS LINE".
ALI
Address location information; see "DELIVERY ADDRESS LINE".
ANI
Automatic number identification; see "TELEPHONE NUMBER".
AUTOMATIC NUMBER IDENTIFICATION
See "TELEPHONE NUMBER".
BILLING TELEPHONE NUMBER
A telephone number to which a telephone call is billed; BTN. See "TELEPHONE NUMBER".
BTN
Billing telephone number; see "TELEPHONE NUMBER".
COMMISSION
The Cass County Commission, the legislative Governing Body of Cass County.
COMMUNITY
A geographical area where telephone subscribers within the area share the same legislative Governing Body; City; Village; County.
DELIVERY ADDRESS LINE
The second to last line of information put on a piece of mail required by the United States Postal Service (USPS) for guaranteed delivery; the mailing address; address location information or ALI. The delivery address line consists of the following components: the primary address number, pre- and post-directionals, street name, suffix, secondary address identifiers and secondary address number. Example: 2130 S Oak Av W Lot 2.
DIRECTIONAL
See "PRE-DIRECTIONAL" or "POST-DIRECTIONAL".
EMERGENCY RESPONSE AGENCY
The County Sheriff, the Police Department of any municipality, the Fire Department of any municipality, a fire protection district, a fire protection association, the emergency medical services department of any municipality, fire protection district or fire protection association, an ambulance district, a private ambulance provider or any other public or private entity that has the authority for fighting fires, law enforcement, basic or advanced life support emergency medical services or other emergency services; ERA.
EMERGENCY SERVICE AREA
ESA; see "EMERGENCY SERVICE ZONE".
EMERGENCY SERVICE ZONE
A geographical area where telephone subscribers within the zone share the same law enforcement agency, fire protection agency, emergency medical service, community and PSAP; ESZ; Emergency Service Area. Also see "EMERGENCY RESPONSE AGENCY".
EMERGENCY TELEPHONE SYSTEM
A telephone system utilizing a single three (3) digit number "9-1-1" for reporting police, fire, medical or other emergency situations; Section 190.300(1), RSMo.
ESA
Emergency Service Area.
ESZ
Emergency Service Zone.
HOUSE ADDRESS
See "PRIMARY ADDRESS".
HOUSE NUMBER
See "PRIMARY ADDRESS".
LEC
See "LOCAL EXCHANGE CARRIER".
LOCAL EXCHANGE CARRIER
A public utility providing local telephone service to specific geographical areas; LEC; teleco; the telephone company. Examples: Southwestern Bell Telephone Company.
MAIN TELEPHONE NUMBER
A telephone number to which subordinate telephone numbers are connected, e.g., a switchboard number; MTN. See "TELEPHONE NUMBER".
MTN
Main telephone number. See "TELEPHONE NUMBER".
POSTAL DELIVERY AREA
The geographical area assigned to a unique zip code.
POST-DIRECTIONAL
The last word of the delivery address line that indicates the geographical direction the street is from another street with the same pre-directional, i.e., north, south, east, west, northeast, southeast, southwest and northwest. Example highlighted: 2130 S Oak Av W Lot 2.
PRE-DIRECTIONAL
The first (1st) word of the delivery address line that indicates the geographical direction the street is from the mythical center point of addressing, i.e., north, south, east, west, northeast, southeast, southwest and northwest. Example highlighted: 2130 S Oak Av W Lot 2.
PREFIX
See "PRE-DIRECTIONAL". Also see "TELEPHONE NUMBER".
PRIMARY ADDRESS
The number assigned to a structure, e.g., house, building, etc., that uniquely identifies the structure from the other structures on the same street; house number; house address. Example highlighted: 2130 S Oak Av W Lot 2.
PSAP
Public service answering paint.
PUBLIC SERVICE ANSWERING POINT
The location where "9-1-1" calls are usually and initially answered; PSAP.
ROAD
See "STREET".
SAAC
Standard Address Assignment Conventions.
SAC
Standard Addressing Conventions.
SECONDARY ADDRESS IDENTIFIER
A title that designates a unique type of location at the primary address; secondary address unit designator; secondary unit indicator. The most common secondary address identifiers are apartment, building, floor, suite, unit, room and department. Example highlighted: 2130 S Oak Av W Lot 2. (For a complete listing of the possible suffixes, see Appendix O.)
SECONDARY ADDRESS NUMBER
A number assigned to a secondary address identifier that uniquely distinguishes the secondary address identifier from the other secondary address identifiers at the same primary address. Example highlighted: 2130 S Oak Av W Lot 2.
SSNC
Standard Street Naming Conventions.
STANDARD ADDRESS ASSIGNMENT CONVENTIONS
A set of rules and norms that describe the agreed upon uniform practices for primary address and secondary address assignments; SAAC. See also "STANDARD ADDRESSING CONVENTIONS". See also "STANDARD STREET NAMING CONVENTIONS".
STANDARD ADDRESSING CONVENTIONS
A set of rules and norms that describe the agreed upon uniform practices for street naming and primary address assignments, including pre- and post-directionals, suffixes, secondary address identifiers and secondary addresses; SAC. See also "STANDARD STREET NAMING CONVENTIONS". See also "STANDARD ADDRESS ASSIGNMENT CONVENTIONS".
STANDARD STREET NAMING CONVENTIONS
A set of rules and norms that describe the agreed upon uniform practices for street naming, including pre- and post-directionals, suffixes and secondary address identifiers; SSNC. See also "STANDARD ADDRESSING CONVENTIONS". See also "STANDARD ADDRESS ASSIGNMENT CONVENTIONS".
STREET
A given length of public or private road; road.
STREET NAME
The alphabetic or numeric title designating a street; road name; road number. Example highlighted: 2130 S Oak Av W Lot 2.
STREET NUMBER
See "STREET NAME".
SUFFIX
The title assigned to a street name that uniquely identifies the street name from other public or private roads with the same street name. Example highlighted: 2130 S Oak Av W Lot 2. (For a complete listing of the possible suffixes, see Appendix O.)
TELEPHONE NUMBER
A multi-digit number that uniquely identifies a specific telephone; ANI; BTN; MTN. A telephone number may consist of a three (3) digit area code. A telephone number will consist of a three (3) digit exchange prefix and a four (4) digit number.
USPS
United States Postal Service.
[Ord. No. 95-01, 8-14-1995]
A. 
Street Names — In Hierarchial Order.
1. 
Unestablished streets (platted streets but the streets were never been put in) shall not be named, e.g., Chestnut in Austin, or Holmes Circle.
2. 
The street names for all State and Federal highways shall use the State or Federal highway designation in the format of "State Route XX" or "U.S. Route XX", whereas "XX" is the designation.
3. 
A street whose only access is from another State or County, shall be named in accordance with the out-of-Cass County jurisdiction.
4. 
A street within the limits of an incorporated City or Village that extends into the unincorporated areas of Cass County may keep the same pre-directional, street name and suffix, especially if the street does not continue, e.g., a cul-de-sac, the street leaves the County or State, shortly enters another City, ends at the intersection with the next County street, etc.
5. 
A street that is half within the limits of an incorporated City or Village and half within the unincorporated areas of Cass County may keep the same pre-directional, street name and suffix at least until the street is entirely within the unincorporated areas of Cass County.
6. 
A street whose centerline is also a line between two (2) Counties shall keep the same name even if the street occasionally deviates from the County line.
7. 
a. 
a. All streets generally running north and south shall be designated alphabetic names.
b. 
The named streets extending from the metropolitan area into Cass County shall keep the same name and suffix, e.g., State Line Road, Ward Road, etc.
c. 
When a State name is the complete street name, then the State name shall be spelled out completely, e.g., S Kansas St.
8. 
a. 
a. All streets generally running east and west shall be designated numeric names.
b. 
The numeric street names shall be sequential numbered and shall be an extension of and shall be consistent with the metropolitan street naming convention, i.e., the Jackson-Cass County line shall be 155th Street, the next street three hundred thirty (330) feet south shall be 155th Terrace, the next street three hundred thirty (330) feet south shall be 156th Street (eight (8) blocks/mile), etc.
c. 
The numeric street names shall be spelled out only when there are duplicate street names, including pre-directional and suffix, within a postal delivery area.
d. 
The single digit, numeric street names of platted but unincorporated towns shall not be used.
9. 
A set of pre-directional, street name and suffix shall not be duplicated unless the streets are linear with each other.
The meaning of "linear" may include streets that would actually be parallel, except that the distance between them is due to a surveyor's adjustment or the two (2) streets are connected diagonally, e.g., Shimel Street (east of Pleasant Hill) runs diagonal for some distance, then continues north/south.
10. 
Streets shall not change names at an intersection if the street continues in the same linear direction.
11. 
Private streets shall not be named unless the United States Postal Service (USPS) or the Emergency Telephone System (ETS) Coordinator determines that the naming of a particular private street will enhance the processing and arrival of USPS mail or the naming of a particular private street will enhance the ETS's ability to correctly identify and notify Emergency Response Agencies (ERAs) that are needed to respond in an emergency.
The naming of a private street in no way causes the private street to become a public street.
12. 
Street names, along with pre-directionals and suffixes, shall be posted at street intersections by the Cass County Road and Bridge Department or any special road district in a standard manner using reflective lettering and background material.
B. 
Pre-directionals.
1. 
All streets generally running north and south shall have a pre-directional of "South".
2. 
All streets generally running east and west shall have a pre-directional of "East".
Exceptions to this convention shall be all those streets running west of true Main Street, as Main Street is defined by the metropolitan street naming convention.
3. 
When two (2) directional words appear consecutively as one (1) or two (2) words, before the street name or following the street name or suffix, then the two (2) words become either the pre- or the post-directional. Exceptions are any combination of "North" and "South" or "East" and "West" as consecutive words. In these cases the second (2nd) directional word becomes part of the street name and is spelled out completely.
C. 
Suffixes.
1. 
Only suffixes in Appendix C, Street Suffix Abbreviations, Postal Addressing Standard Publication 28, will be allowed.
2. 
If a street has no suffix, the suffix shall be "Street".
3. 
If the delivery address line has two (2) consecutive words that appear on the suffix appendix, the second (2nd) of the two (2) words shall be the suffix. The first (1st) of two (2) words shall be the last part of the street name and shall be spelled out in its entirety after the street name.
D. 
Post-directionals. The use of post-directionals shall be limited to those streets that the USPS or the ETS Coordinator determine will enhance the processing and arrival of USPS mail or will enhance the ETS's ability to correctly identify and notify Emergency Response Agencies (ERAs) that are needed to respond in an emergency.
[Ord. No. 95-01, 8-14-1995]
A. 
Primary Addresses.
1. 
All primary structures on properties, lots and parcels of land shall be identified by a primary address.
2. 
Primary addresses shall be assigned in a manner that indicates the most specific and sequential access by the Emergency Responding Agencies and the United States Postal Service, e.g., addressing the location of a driveway versus the location of the house if the driveway and the house are not reasonably in a perpendicular line with the street.
3. 
The primary addresses shall be sequential numbered, and shall be an extension of, and shall be consistent with the metropolitan street naming convention, i.e., a structure adjacent to "true" S Main Street shall be 1, a second (2nd) structure three hundred thirty (330) feet east shall be 101, a third (3rd) structure three hundred thirty (330) feet east shall be 201 (sixteen (16) blocks/mile), etc.
a. 
1. 
Primary addresses shall be even numbered for structures on the north and west sides of the street;
2. 
Primary addresses shall be odd numbered for structures on the south and east sides of the street;
b. 
The last two (2) digits of the addresses shall range from 00 to 25;
c. 
In no case shall addresses with a "west" prefix exceed "1899" because Johnson and Miami Counties start their easternmost addresses with "1900".
4. 
There are a number of addressing situations that can create difficulties. The following addressing situations shall not be allowed:
a. 
No hyphenated addresses, e.g., 22112-10 S Cleveland Av;
b. 
No grid-style addresses, e.g., 805.2 E 195th St;
c. 
No alpha-numeric combinations of address ranges, e.g., 7595E Packard Ln;
d. 
No fractional addresses, e.g., 3224½ E 215th Street;
e. 
No alphabetic or special characters addresses, e.g., AB S Peculiar Dr or *#& W State Rte 2.
5. 
Primary addresses on a street within the limits of an incorporated City or Village that extends into the unincorporated areas of Cass County may extend the primary address range of the City or Village, especially if the street does not continue, e.g., a cul-de-sac, the street leaves the County or State, shortly enters another City, ends at the intersection with the next County street, etc.
6. 
Primary addresses on a street that is half within the limits of an incorporated City or Village and half within the unincorporated areas of Cass County may extend the primary address range of the City or Village at least until the street is entirely within the unincorporated areas of Cass County.
7. 
Primary address numbers shall be posted by the addressee or property owner in the following manner:
a. 
Numbers shall be no less than three (3) inches in height; and
b. 
Numbers shall be posted at property entrances and/or the primary structure on the property at a location that provides unobstructed sighting from the street on which the primary structure is facing.
8. 
No person, agency or business shall adopt, assign, display or cite any primary address number other than that assigned, as provided by this convention, for the purpose of property identification or for the purpose of designating location of property.
9. 
The fire protection district or volunteer fire protection association which provides fire protection services for the location of the assigned address shall enforce the provisions of these conventions.
10. 
Violations of these conventions shall be a misdemeanor and such persons who violate these conventions shall be allowed thirty (30) days to comply with the convention before any fine may be imposed.
B. 
Secondary Address Numbers.
1. 
Secondary address numbers may be assigned for multiple locations at the same primary address. The following secondary address identifiers (and abbreviations) do not require a secondary address number; however all locations at the primary address must be in the same emergency service zone:
a. 
Basement: BSMT.
b. 
Front: FRNT.
c. 
Lobby: LBBY.
d. 
Lower: LOWR.
e. 
Office: OFC.
f. 
Penthouse: PH.
g. 
Rear: REAR.
h. 
Side: SIDE.
i. 
Upper: UPPER.
2. 
Secondary address numbers do not require the preceding special character "#".
[Ord. No. 95-01, 8-14-1995]
A. 
Delivery address lines (typically address assignments and street names) shall only be changed by majority resolution of the Cass County Commission under the following circumstances:
1. 
The Emergency Telephone System (ETS) Coordinator may initiate delivery address line changes if the change will:
a. 
Make a particular street name, pre-directional, post-directional, suffixes and secondary address identifiers comply with the approved Cass County Standard Street Naming Convention (SSNC); or
b. 
Make a particular primary address number or secondary address comply with the approved Cass County Standard Address Assignment Convention (SAAC); or
c. 
Enhance the emergency telephone system; or
2. 
Parties owning land adjacent to a particular street may initiate a petition to change the particular street name, pre-directional, post-directional, suffix and secondary address identifier. The petition must include the following number of signatures:
a. 
For a particular street in which there is a only one (1) party owning land adjacent to the particular street, only the one (1) party owning the land adjacent to the particular street may sign the initiative petition; or
b. 
For a particular street in which there are only two (2) parties owning land adjacent to the particular street, both parties owning land adjacent to the particular street must sign the initiative petition; or
c. 
For a particular street in which there are more than two (2) parties owning land adjacent to the particular street, at least two-thirds (⅔) of the parties owning land adjacent to the particular street must sign the initiative petition.
B. 
Delivery address lines shall only be changed by majority resolution of the Cass County Commission using the following procedures:
1. 
The party or parties owning land adjacent to the particular street must submit the initiative petition to the ETS Coordinator;
2. 
The ETS Coordinator shall review initiative petitions for:
a. 
The adequate number of signatures; and
b. 
Compliance with Cass County's SAC; and
c. 
Compliance with postal addressing standards; and
d. 
Impact to the emergency telephone system;
3. 
The ETS Coordinator shall either certify or decline to certify said initiative petitions.
a. 
If the ETS Coordinator declines to certify an initiative petition, the ETS Coordinator must return the petition to the petitioners with the reason for the lack of certification.
If the petitioners want to appeal the decision of the ETS Coordinator, the petitioners must schedule an appointment with the Commission.
b. 
If the ETS Coordinator certifies an initiative petition:
(1) 
The ETS Coordinator shall schedule a public hearing with the Commission.
(2) 
The ETS Coordinator shall give notice of the said public hearing to the following parties:
(a) 
All parties owning land adjacent to the particular street through registered and certified U.S. mail; and
(b) 
The primary emergency responding agencies using the particular street petitioned to be changed; and
(c) 
The general public by posting the notice outside the County Clerk's office and by advertising in at least one (1) newspaper.
(d) 
The Commission shall conduct a hearing to allow all parties for or against the petitioned change to address the Commission; and
(3) 
The Commission shall consider the approval or denial of the petitioned change.
(4) 
If the Commissioners approve the petition, then the ETS Coordinator shall notify the following:
(a) 
Cass County Road and Bridge or the Mount Pleasant Township Special Road District; and
(b) 
All emergency responding agencies; and
(c) 
The Cass County Assessor; and
(d) 
Public utilities, particularly the local telephone company; and
(e) 
Any municipality or adjacent County impacted by the change; and
(f) 
The Missouri Highway Department, if the particular street intersects with a State or Federal highway; and
(g) 
The owners of land adjacent to the particular street; and
(h) 
The United States Postal Service.
[Ord. No. 05-12, 9-8-2005]
A. 
General Provisions Rural House Addressing System.
1. 
A uniform system of numbering properties and buildings as described by a map and material filed in the Cass County Courthouse in Harrisonville, Missouri, is hereby adopted.
2. 
All properties, lots and parcels of land within the unincorporated area of the County of Cass shall hereafter be identified by reference to the rural house addressing system adopted.
B. 
Responsibility Of Assigning Numbers. Each principal building shall bear the number assigned to it by the "911" office, acting on behalf of the County Commission, as herein provided and where more than one (1) business or family dwelling unit occupies a single structure shall bear, in addition to the basic number assigned to the structure, the supplementary numerals or letters assigned by the "911" office.
C. 
Use Of Other Numbers Prohibited. No person, agency or business shall adopt, assign, display or cite any number other than that assigned, as provided by this Section, for the purpose of property identification or for the purpose of designating location of property.
D. 
Assignment Of Numbers. All properties, lots and parcels of land within the unincorporated areas of Cass County shall hereafter be identified by reference to the rural house addressing system adopted by this Section, except that all existing number identification of buildings or lots or parcels not in conformity with the system adopted herein shall be changed in to more than three (3) months from the adoption of this Section so as to conform.
E. 
Posting Of Numbers. Numbers and letters indicating the official property number designation shall be posted by the addressee or property owner. The following is to be adhered to regarding posting of addressee:
1. 
Numbers and letters shall be no less than four (4) inches in height.
2. 
Numbers must be posted at property entrances and/or to houses/buildings positioned at a location that provides unobstructed sighting from the road on which located.
3. 
Notwithstanding the provisions of Subsections (E)(1) and (2), numbers and letters may be less than four (4) inches in height, but not less than two (2) inches in height, if such numbers and letters are set on a background of contrasting color and contained on a sign that is affixed to a mailbox post which provides for unobstructed sighting from the road.
[Ord. No. 14-05 §1, 12-18-2014]
F. 
Administration. According to Section 67.318, RSMo., the Fire Department, Fire Protection District or Volunteer Fire Protection Association which provides fire protection services for the County, or portion thereof, shall enforce the provisions of this Section.
G. 
Penalties. Violation of this Section shall be a misdemeanor and such persons who violate this order shall be allowed thirty (30) days to comply with the Section before any fine may be imposed.