U.S. Postal Service denies Newcastle ZIP code appeal
January 12, 2010
By Tim Pfarr
NEW — 4:04 p.m. Jan. 12, 2010
The post office denied an appeal by Newcastle to create a ZIP code for the city.
Last September, City Manager John Starbard wrote a letter to U.S. Postal Service headquarters in Washington, D.C., and asked the agency to reconsider the Seattle District’s decision to deny the city a ZIP code.
In December, the city received a response from James W. Kiser, manager of delivery operations for the postal service.
“After a thorough review of the case file and the details of both the Seattle District and Western Area office decisions, it is the final determination of this office to support the denial of your request,” Kiser wrote in his letter.
In his letter, Starbard discussed how the city lost revenue by not having its own ZIP code, and Kiser responded to this concern in his response.
“ZIP codes are designated to allow the efficient and effective processing and delivering of the mail,” Kiser wrote. “It is unfortunate that many businesses, as well as other organizations and state agencies throughout the country utilize the assigned ZIP codes for purposes other than those originally designed.”
Starbard also discussed the city’s mail-delivery problems that result from not having a unique ZIP code, but Kiser said granting Newcastle a ZIP code would not result in any operational benefits and would be “cost prohibitive” to the postal service.
Last summer, the city formally petitioned for its own ZIP code, and after meeting with Seattle District officials, the city’s request was denied, marking the third time city officials had requested and been denied a ZIP code.
Newcastle previously applied for a ZIP code twice — once in 1994, when the city first incorporated, and again in 2004. Both requests were turned down.
Because a city is required to wait five years between ZIP code requests, Newcastle was not able to make a request again until 2009. Now, the city must wait until 2014 to apply once more.