Smyrna Assistant Fire Chief Roy B. Acree gave the 15 attendees at the town hall a standing invitation to visit Fire Station 5, which opened Sept. 22, and take advantage of the department’s non-emergency programs.
“Our customers are not aware wholly of all the services available to them as Smyrna citizens,” he said. “There are other services like CPR classes, first-aid classes and those kinds of things that we can offer at multiple locations.”
Smyrna Police Officer Mike Smith encouraged attendees to help reinvigorate the neighborhood watch program.
“It’s about the community being a neighbor, knowing your neighbors,” he said. “We’re trying to get neighbors talking to each other and increase the flow of information between the community and the police department.”
Smith also discussed traffic calming methods for Cooper Lake Road and invited residents to sign up for real-time traffic and crime alerts by texting Nixle at 888777.
“It will ask you for your ZIP code,” he said about the process.
ZIP codes were a sore subject for some of the attendees, including Fennel himself.
“This is one of the three issues that got me motivated to run for the Council since I live in Vinings Estates on Vinings Estates Drive in Mableton, 30126,” he said. “When I ran for the City Council of Smyrna, I had to open up a P.O. box so my return address label would say Smyrna, 30080. Do you know how much that made me mad? So we’re all in the same boat of being ticked off at the U.S. Postal Service.”
The 20-year battle to use the 30080, 30081 or 30082 sequence of ZIP codes is up against union contracts and federal government bureaucracy, Fennel said.
However, his latest conversations with a Postal Service regional director are giving him cause for hope.
The issues at hand are equipment to read the adjusted ZIP codes and the cost of moving route carriers.
“Now we know the problems, we can find the solutions,” Fennel said.
He said the solution is not yet at hand, however.
“We’re still working on it,” he said.
Residents can sign a petition which Fennel began circulating at the meeting.
“We the undersigned strongly favor moving our postal service to correctly reflect a Smyrna mailing address,” it read. “It impacts our property values, brand identification and sense of community.”