City gets pulse of its citizens at town hall

July 2, 2014

Feedback given on marijuana, work  at Lake Boren Park

About 130 residents armed with electronic voting clickers responded to poll questions at the city’s annual town hall meeting held June 3 at The Golf Club at Newcastle.

Unlike the town hall in October, this meeting was less presentation-based and more about soliciting resident feedback on a variety of topics, including marijuana and Lake Boren Park improvements.

The electronic voting devices allowed residents to offer real-time responses, and gave City Council members and staff a better idea of their citizens’ priorities.

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U.S. Postal Service denies Newcastle ZIP code appeal

January 12, 2010

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.

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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. 

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