Time to show your numbers!
Okay, now you've got your yard mowed, a fresh coat of paint on your place and that little bit of junk out of your back yard, all in keeping with Decatur's cleanup campaign that began more than a year ago to spruce up the city for its 175th Anniversary celebration.
Next on your housekeeping agenda? Check the numbers on the front of your place.
Not only do you have to have house numbers, but they must be on the front of the structure, plainly visible and at least three inches high in block letters. That's according to city code.
Bill Karbach, a board of works and safety member who headed up last year's cleanup campaign and is continuing it this year — with the full support of city council and Mayor John Schultz — said at last week's city council meeting that house numbers are going to be part of this year's campaign.
This one, though, is more of a safety campaign then one of cleanup, according to Karboch.
"They (house numbers) are very important to emergency services," said Building and Zoning Superintendent Roger Gage,a longtime firefighter.