Menendez, Booker Urge USPS to End Confusion in Kinnelon, Butler; Call for Kinnelon to Get Unique ZIP

Menendez, Booker Urge USPS to End Confusion in Kinnelon, Butler; Call for Kinnelon to Get Unique ZIP

Shared ZIP delaying emergency response, hurting residents


NEWARK, N.J. – U.S. Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker are urging the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) to put an end to the confusion and growing public safety concerns in Kinnelon and Butler by granting Kinnelon’s request for its own, unique ZIP Code.

 

“We understand that the USPS has yet to offer a viable solution to alleviate the concerns of the township, the senators wrote to U.S. Post Master General Megan J. Brennan.  “We strongly believe that Kinnelon’s existing delivery concerns, public safety concerns, coupled with the unique makeup of the Borough merits a new, unique ZIP Code.”

 

Kinnelon and Butler, neighboring towns in Morris County, share a ZIP Code and have nine streets with the same name.  As a result, emergency response vehicles have been sent to the wrong address, putting lives at risk.  Packages are routinely sent to the erroneous address, including residents’ lifesaving medications, voters’ sample ballots, and other important mail deliveries.

 

Kinnelon Mayor Robert W. Collins recently reached out to both senators’ offices requesting assistance and stressing his community’s public safety concerns.  In addition, he stated that the address confusion has led to inaccurate 2010 census data, affecting the borough’s ability to secure federal grants.

 

New Jersey’s senators have also heard directly from several Kinnelon residents who further report that the address confusion has led to them being stopped by airport security for “invalid ID”, because it comes back as a Butler, not Kinnelon address; and at least one was denied a line of credit because the bank thought he was using a false address to secure financing.

 

The USPS has denied Kinnelon’s four previous requests for its own ZIP Code, but the senators argue the current unique circumstances require the Postal Service to reconsider.

 

The full text of the letter is follows and can be downloaded here

 

March 30, 2017

 

Megan J. Brennan

United States Post Master General and Chief Executive Officer

475 L’Enfant Plaza SW

Washington, D.C. 20260

 

Dear Postmaster General Brennan:

 

We are writing to express our support for the establishment of a unique ZIP Code for the Borough of Kinnelon, in Morris County, New Jersey.

 

The Borough of Kinnelon currently shares a ZIP Code with the Borough of Butler.  Unfortunately, Kinnelon’s ZIP Code defaults to Butler, which creates a number of complications for residents, including frequent incorrect delivery of letters and packages.  Based off survey data provided by the Borough of Kinnelon, a significant number of residents have also experienced incorrect address response from local Emergency Medical Services as well as difficulties securing credit.  According to the Borough of Kinnelon, the shared ZIP Code has also hindered its ability to secure grants and has contributed to stagnated real estate values due to misleading demographics.

 

As you are aware, the Borough of Kinnelon’s four previous requests for a unique ZIP Code have all been denied due to a “deficiency in their potential for growth and volume of deliveries.”  While we understand the criteria used by the United States Postal Service (USPS) to issue unique ZIP Codes, the Borough experiences unique environmental circumstances, which have not been taken into consideration when evaluating their requests.  The Borough of Kinnelon has 97 percent of its land mass located within the Highlands Preservation Area, a designation that has and will limit future building growth and development.  The Borough of Kinnelon has been an excellent steward in protecting the Highlands Region, which is critical to supplying millions of New Jerseyans with drinking water and must remain protected and undeveloped.  Yet due to the Borough of Kinnelon’s unique location, they will never meet the current standard for growth as outlined by the USPS for a unique ZIP Code.

 

We understand that the USPS has yet to offer a viable solution to alleviate the concerns of the township.  In turn, the Mayor of Kinnelon has contacted our offices for assistance.  We strongly believe that Kinnelon’s existing delivery concerns, public safety concerns, coupled with the unique makeup of the Borough merits a new, unique ZIP Code.

 

Thank you for your consideration of this important request.  We hope you will give it full and fair consideration.

 

Sincerely,

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Press Contact

Steven_Sandberg@menendez.senate.gov

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