NEWRY — Selectmen at Monday night’s meeting discussed how to get residents to put the Emergency 911 address numbers on their houses, but the board didn’t resolve the issue and will take it up at its next regular meeting, Administrator Loretta Powers said Tuesday afternoon.

“We’ve been trying to get them to put the numbers up, but we think the problem is people with vacation homes up here and when people paint their houses they take the numbers down and forget to put them back up,” she said.

Newry has had E911 since 1996, Powers said. Town officials have tried to get compliance from homeowners by including a note with tax bills, but that hasn’t worked.

The issue came up again recently when the Fire Department had a fire alarm go off and firefighters happened to be on a road and none of the houses were numbered.

“We’re still discussing it,” Powers said. “We’re trying to be creative with what we can do.”

To that end, they had a sign up at Tuesday’s polls reminding people to put their E911 numbers on their houses.

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