Some Leavenworth County residents soon will learn their addresses need to be changed.

Some Leavenworth County residents soon will learn their addresses need to be changed.

Jeff Joseph, Leavenworth County Planning and Zoning director, said letters will be sent to about 400 residents providing them with new addresses.

He reviewed the issue Thursday with the Leavenworth County Commission. Commissioners voted to authorize the notification of affected residents.

Joseph said affected properties are located all over the county.

He said some of the addresses that need to be changed are numbered incorrectly for the side of the street on which they're located. He said there are some cases of addresses being out of sequence with neighboring addresses.

Leavenworth County Administrator Pat Hurley said addresses that need to change are woefully inaccurate. He said emergency responders and delivery companies may have trouble locating the residences.

Hurley said the changes are in residents' best interest.

"I think it's a public safety issue," he said.

Jeff Culbertson, director of the county's Geographic Information Systems Department, said there have been several incidents in which emergency responders have had trouble finding some addresses. He said some residents also have contacted the county about fixing their addresses.

Commissioner Clyde Graeber said adopting new addresses will require a lot of work on the part of residents.

"It's just not a simple matter," he said.

Joseph said affected residents will receive a packet of information from the county. The packets will include a checklist for changing one's address.

The checklist includes notifying people such as employers, family and friends.

He said residents have a year to make the transition to their new addresses.

The notification letters have been reviewed by the county administrator and county counselor.

Joseph said letters probably will be sent to residents within the next couple of weeks.

Anyone with questions or concerns should call Planning and Zoning at (913) 684-0465.