Homeowner wants street put on the map, literally
A homeowner in North Las Vegas wants to put his street on the map, literally.Photo: Video by ktnv.com
North Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- A homeowner in North Las Vegas wants to put his street on the map, literally.
The street doesn't appear on some maps, leading to concerns for neighbors.
Paris Meadows Court is a residential road near Alexander Road and Allen Lane in North Las Vegas. We've giving you the cross streets because you may have trouble finding it. We certainly did.
"I hate standing outside telling them turn left here, right here, go straight down and you'll come to the cul-de-sac where I live," said homeowner Randy Shinn.
Shinn has lived on the street for about two years. Action News asked him what kind of reaction he gets from people who have trouble locating his street on the maps.
"A lot of them are laughing that it's been two years and they can't find the place," said Shinn. "Nobody seems to understand why."
The street has about a dozen homes. According to an official Clark County map, it's at least two and a half years old.
Action News found the street listed on several websites with maps or mapping services, like the Clark County assessor's website; however, other internet map sites or services and smart phone maps could not find the street or did not list it. A reporter's smart phone's map did not list the street but we did find Paris Meadows listed on a traditional paper map, though the map doesn't say when it was published.
Shinn said he has not had trouble receiving his mail, but some delivery drivers have trouble finding him. That's an inconvenience but Shinn said he's worried about safety.
"If there's an emergency I've just wondered: does emergency services have a way to get here or will they be doing the same thing? You know, we can't find you," said Shinn.
North Las Vegas Police spokeswoman Officer Chrissie Coon said she checked Shinn's address and the street does pop up on the department dispatcher's mapping system.
So why is this street on some maps and not on others, even though it's been around for years?
The Postal Service keeps a database of new and current addresses, said spokesman David Rupert. A variety of companies, including map makers, can access updated information every few months, Rupert explained over the phone. However, Rupert said it's up to individual map makers and GPS service providers to update their maps on their own which can happen at different times because roads often change. Action News verified Shinn's address as valid through the post office's website.
"I hope to make it on the map so people who need to do the services they do can find our place," said Shinn.
Some map companies allow people to report new streets or errors on the company's website.
The county maps provided to Action News are considered public documents.
Coon said police in North Las Vegas had some trouble finding new streets during the building boom years ago but that's no longer the case now that construction has slowed.