People living in Cobb with Hiram mailing addresses will gain a sense of community identity when the last line of their addresses changes to “Powder Springs, GA 30127,” said Michael Miles, a communications manager for the U.S. Post Office.
Powder Springs Mayor Pat Vaughn said the need for the ZIP code change came to her attention when a subdivision was built years ago. Residents had difficulties with deliveries from pizza places, UPS and online orders, Vaughn said.
“One couple had trouble getting a Cobb County library card because their driver’s license said Hiram,” Vaughn said.
Kennesaw Police Chief William Westenberger lives in the subdivision Vaughn mentioned.
“We’ve had problems when giving the mailing address to a service provider who couldn’t find the address using a navigation system,” Westenberger said, noting he, as a resident affected by the ZIP code change, is in favor of it.
The post office often changes ZIP codes for a variety of reasons, Miles said, but when the request comes from the county or municipality, the post office first asks if the change is financially and operationally feasible. If so, the next step is to ask residents if they are in favor of the change, he said.
“The ZIP code change comes after a survey in which the majority of residents in the area indicated they were in favor of the change,” Miles said.
Affected residents were notified of the pending change in May.
“Changing the ZIP codes provides a “more clear dividing line between delivery routes,” Miles said.
Affected addresses are currently delivered from the Hiram Post Office, in Paulding County, and when the ZIP codes change, the mail will be delivered from Powder Springs.
Miles said customers may begin using their new ZIP codes immediately. The Postal Service will deliver mail bearing the old ZIP code until July 1, 2015, to allow time for businesses and residents to let people know about the change. Continued use of the old ZIP code beyond one year could result in some delivery delays, Miles said.