Take city survey regarding ZIP code
May 26, 2009
NEW — 11:30 a.m. May 26, 2009
Local officials launched a major effort today to get a ZIP code for the city, by asking residents to fill out survey regarding their issues with not having one.
Since its incorporation in 1994, Newcastle has twice been denied its own ZIP code by the United States Postal Service.
Newcastle homeowners and businesses now have to use one of two ZIP codes assigned to Renton (98056 and 98059). City officials are petitioning the postal service for a third time, and hope to win the battle with the help of its residents.
In addition to providing their own documentation, city officials are asking residents to take a survey and send in personal stories of how they’ve been impacted by the ZIP code dilemma.
“We heard from a resident who had a car problem and needed a tow truck,” said City Manager John Starbard. “The stranded motorist told the dispatcher she was in Newcastle and provided her the 98059 ZIP code, but the dispatcher said she couldn’t send help to an ‘unknown location.’ It was if the driver was somewhere that didn’t exist.”
In addition to computers that don’t recognize Newcastle addresses, the city is also losing sales tax money to Renton. When out-of-town or out-of-state deliveries are shipped to Newcastle, many companies use only the five-digit ZIP code to forward sales tax dollars instead of using the complete street address.
“The survey we’re asking residents to take will address many of the problems they face on a daily basis because of the ZIP code issue,” Starbard said. “By sharing their experiences and frustration with the postal service, we hope the outcome will be favorable this time around.”
The ZIP code survey is available here. Paper surveys can be filled out in person at City Hall, 13020 Newcastle Way.