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City Assessor Robert J. Peer said an increasing number of buildings are not displaying house numbers visible from the street. The City Code requires visible numbers, and imposes a fine of up to $250 and possible jail time on violators cited by the city.

Peer, whose job includes assigning house numbers, said he's noticed an increasing number of houses showing no numbers, or numbers so small as to be invisible. He said the requirement is meant to assist police and fire response to emergencies, and also assists mail carriers.

"I'm just hoping the property owners will cooperate. It's really to the homeowners' advantage," Peer said.

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