Reminder, Nelsonville City Ordinance requires all residential and commercial buildings to have their address posted

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Reminder, all residential and commercial buildings are required by Nelsonville City Ordinance to have their address posted on the building. Address numbers are not only convenient for finding locations but necessary for emergency responders to locate those in need. When responding to an emergency, minutes matter so be sure that fire, emergency medical, and police personnel can easily and quickly find your home or business address.

Title 13- Building Number Ordinance

§13.04.02. Specification for address numbers.

A. Residences Street address numbers for residences three (3) inches in height. The numbers shall be conspicuously placed on, above, or at the side of the main entrance so that the number is discernible from the street.

B. Commercial Street address numbers for commercial and industrial structures four (4) inches in height, if located within fifty (50) of a roadway or at least ten (10) inches in height and shall be of a durable and clearly visible material, preferably reflective and of a contrasting color to the background on which they are mounted, if located greater than fifty (50) feet from the street. The number shall be placed above or on the main entrance to the structure when possible. If such number is not visible from the street, the number shall be placed along a driveway or on a sign visible from the street.

C. Apartments, Trailer Parks, etc. Apartments and similar complexes assigned a single building number shall display address numbers on each assigned structure using in Arabic numerals having a minimum height of eight (8) inches and shall be of a durable Nelsonville City Code 13-2 and clearly visible material, preferably reflective and of a contrasting color to the background on which they are mounted. Trailer parks and similar complexes assigned a single building number shall display the assigned number at the main entranceway using numbers having a minimum height of eight (8) inches. Numbers or letters for individual apartments, trailers, or units within these complexes shall be displayed on, above, or to the side of the main doorway of each apartment, trailer, or unit, and shall be in Arabic numerals at least three (3) inches in height and shall be of a durable and clearly visible material, preferably reflective and of a contrasting color to the background on which they are mounted.

  • Script numbers or numbers that are spelled out in words may be aesthetically pleasing but are difficult to read quickly from the street.
  • Brass or bronze numbers are difficult to see. Use numbers that contrast with the background.
  • If the house is located more than 50 feet from the street, the numbers should be displayed on a fence, mailbox, or other appropriate place that will make it visible for approaching vehicles.
  • Be sure that the view of the numbers is not obstructed by shrubs, trees, or decorations, such as flags.
  • Numbers should be clearly seen when approaching from either side of the house.

If the numbers on your house or business are not visible or easy to read, it will take emergency personnel longer to reach you. Those extra minutes spent trying to locate a property can mean the difference between life and death, so take the time now to be sure your address numbers can be seen from the street to help emergency responders find you faster.

Nelsonville Water Department reminds everyone, Frozen Pipes Disrupt Lives, Don’t Let Water Pipes Freeze

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The City of Nelsonville Water Department would like to remind all water customers, “Frozen Pipes Disrupt Lives, Don’t Let Water Pipes Freeze – and Steps to Take If They Do”.

When a house’s water pipes freeze, the situation is not as simple as calling a plumber. A 1/8-inch crack in a pipe can spew up to 250 gallons of water a day, causing flooding, serious structural damage, and the immediate potential for mold.

Frozen water pipes are a problem in both cold and warmer climates, affecting some quarter-million families each winter, and it can happen in homes with both plastic and copper pipes. It’s all too common, especially considering this damage is largely preventable.

In addition to taking the usual preventive precautions, here are a few steps you can take to keep your pipes from turning frigid nights into inconvenient, and expensive ordeals.

Before winter arrives

The three central causes of frozen pipes are quick drops in temperature, poor insulation, and thermostats set too low. You can prepare your home during the warmer months.

  • Insulate pipes in your home’s crawl spaces and attic, even if you live in a climate where freezing is uncommon. Exposed pipes are most susceptible to freezing. Remember, the more insulation you use, the better protected your pipes will be.
  • Heat tape or thermostatically controlled heat cables can be used to wrap pipes. Be sure to use products approved by an independent testing organization, such as Underwriters Laboratories Inc., and only for the use intended (exterior or interior). Closely follow all manufacturers’ installation and operation instructions.
  • Seal leaks that allow cold air inside near where pipes are located. Look for air leaks around electrical wiring, dryer vents, and pipes, and use caulk or insulation to keep the cold out. With severe cold, even a tiny opening can let in enough cold air to cause a pipe to freeze.
  • Before winter hits, disconnect garden hoses and, if possible, use an indoor valve to shut off and drain water from pipes leading to outside faucets. This reduces the chance of freezing in the short span of pipe just inside the house.

When the mercury plummets

Even if you’ve taken the right preventative steps, extreme weather conditions can still harm your pipes. Here are a few more steps you can take:

  • A trickle of hot and cold water might be all it takes to keep your pipes from freezing. Let warm water drip overnight, preferably from a faucet on an outside wall.
  • Keep your thermostat set at the same temperature during both day and night. You might be in the habit of turning down the heat when you’re asleep, but further drops in the temperature—more common overnight—could catch you off guard and freeze your pipes.
  • Open cabinet doors to allow heat to get to un-insulated pipes under sinks and appliances near exterior walls. DO NOT OPEN WATER METER PITS they WILL freeze.

Before you skip town

Travelling in the winter months might be good for the soul, but don’t forget to think about your pipes before you leave. What can you do?

  • Set the thermostat in your house no lower than 55°F (12°C).
  • Ask a friend or neighbor to check your house daily to make sure it’s warm enough to prevent freezing.
  • Shut off and drain the water system. Be aware that if you have a fire protection sprinkler system in your house, it may be deactivated when you shut off the water.

If your pipes do freeze

What if your pipes still freeze, despite your best preventive measures? First step: Don’t panic. Just because they’re frozen doesn’t mean they’ve already burst. Here’s what you can do:

  • If you turn on your faucets and nothing comes out, leave the faucets turned on and call a plumber.
  • Do not use electrical appliances in areas of standing water. You could be electrocuted.
  • Never try to thaw a pipe with a torch or other open flame because it could cause a fire hazard. Water damage is preferable to burning down your house!
  • You may be able to thaw a frozen pipe using a hair dryer. Start by warming the pipe as close to the faucet as possible, working toward the coldest section of pipe.
  • If your water pipes have already burst, turn off the water at the main shutoff valve in the house; leave the water faucets turned on. Make sure everyone in your family knows where the water shutoff valve is and how to open and close it.


Winter Weather Advisory

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for Athens County for Tuesday, 1/29/19 from 1AM until 5PM.

  • WHAT – Rain changing to snow. Rapidly falling temperatures will create flash freeze conditions. Total snow accumulations of up to one inch expected.
  • WHERE – Portions of southeast Ohio and northeast Kentucky including Athens County.
  • WHEN – From 1 AM to 5 PM Tuesday.
  • ADDITIONAL DETAILS – Plan on slippery road conditions. The hazardous conditions could impact the morning commute.

A Winter Weather Advisory for snow means periods of snow will cause primarily travel difficulties. Expect snow covered roads and limited visibilities and use caution while driving. Additional information can be found at as well as on our Facebook and Twitter pages.