City appeals to postal headquarters for ZIP code

October 7, 2009

By Staff

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After the United States Postal Service denied Newcastle a unique ZIP code for the third time, the city appealed to the postal service at the federal level, sending a letter to the organization’s headquarters in Washington, D.C.“We can only hope that the folks at headquarters will give it a second look and reconsider,” said Doug Alder, communications manager.

The letter, written by City Manager John Starbard, discusses the city’s mail-delivery problems and how the city loses revenue by not having its own ZIP code.

It also discusses the rise in Newcastle’s population, since postal service officials said Newcastle’s population is not substantial enough to warrant a unique ZIP code. In the letter, Starbard said the city’s population has grown by almost 30 percent since 2000.

City officials sent the letter Sept. 16. Although the postal service has unlimited time to review federal appeals, officials said they generally makes a decision regarding federal appeals within 60 days.

The postal service could overturn the decision made at the local level, but the criteria for determining whether Newcastle should be granted its own ZIP code remains the same.

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