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Sewickley councilman: Lack of business addresses causing problems

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Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, 9:00 p.m.

Finding an address might be easy using Google Maps, but one Sewickley council member says finding a street number is difficult to do when walking the business district.

Council member Bill Cornman said a lack of street addresses on businesses in Sewickley is a nuisance for potential customers and could be detrimental in an emergency situation.

“There's an incredible amount of commercial businesses that do not have their street address on the window or their door. That's bad,” Cornman said. “If there's an emergency or whatever the case may be, it may be difficult for people to find that location.”

Cornman said he and council President Susan Aleshire earlier this month were looking for a specific location on Beaver Street for a meeting but could not immediately find the correct spot because of a lack of displayed numbers.

“I was shocked that there were no street numbers on the majority of retail shops,” he said.

Aleshire said with some businesses located on the second floor of buildings, finding the correct address could prove more difficult.

Borough manager Kevin Flannery said staff members would look into the issue.

He cited 911 laws that require proper addresses to be displayed.

“(With) 911, you're supposed to have an address,” he said. “It always was a requirement of 911.”

Bobby Cherry is an associate editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-324-1408 or

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