There was a small crowd on hand Wednesday night at Vincennes Lincoln High School’s Ader Auditorium as there was a public meeting to inform the community on the potential change to the 812 area code.
At the meeting, the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission discussed the option to fix the 812 area code as the code is running out of numbers.
The two options discussed at the hearing included a overlay code where there would be a second area code, besides 812, requiring everyone to dial 10 digits every time they call out. The other option is a geographic split, where people in an area of the region get the new area code while others stay on the current code.
Vincennes business owner, Tim Trotter was the only member of the public to state his view. Trotter tells Hometown News the way he feels the ruling should go and why.
“We’re pushing I think for the overlay option rather than the geographic split. There is a number of reasons for that. Most all of them are listed and the commission is aware of them. Changing a letterhead and marketing for businesses. For us, the extra effort of changing remote monitoring locations in everything we have out there. It’s a lot of work and from what I understand, it’s easier for utilities to put in an overlay. It’s less training, issue for the public…”
Area residents have until May 7th to send their formal comments to the IURC for review. You can send feedback online at in.gov/iurc. You can also fax it to 317-232-5953