Council Backs Resident in ZIP Code Dispute
Johnnie Purify lives in Powder Springs but has Hiram's 30141 on his address.
Johnnie Purify is a resident of Powder Springs, only his ZIP code—30141—doesn’t reflect that.
As a result, Purify, who lives in the Woodberry Farm subdivision near Highway 92, has had problems with government services, tax payments, buying a car and more. At Wednesday’s work session, he had a simple request for the Powder Springs City Council: write the U.S. Postal Service a letter.
“I’m asking for leverage of the Powder Springs name to get this done,” he said, later adding, “Because if it comes from me, I’m just one person. If it comes from Powder Springs, well it gives it a bit more weight.”
Purify gave a presentation that included maps of the ZIP code boundaries. When he showed the council, members gasped at how the 30127 and 30141 ZIP codes are divided among Cobb and Paulding counties.
A screenshot of the ZIP code divisions from Zip Code Finder is attached to this article.
“Basically when I lived in Paulding County, I had the Powder Springs ZIP code; when I moved to Powder Springs, I lost it,” he explained. “I had all the benefits of your name, but I got no services. Now I have all the services, but I don’t get your name.”
He said he has contacted government officials and the Postal Service in an effort to get the ZIP codes changed to reflect the Powder Springs city limits.
Regarding the Postal Service reorganizing ZIP codes, Purify said: “Their standard answer … is no.”
The council quickly agreed with Purify, telling him they would write a letter to the Postal Service.
“We’re definitely on your side,” Mayor Pat Vaughn said.
The mayor said she had previously worked on the same issue regarding the Warren Creek subdivision, which is near the county line, but she was unsuccessful in getting the Postal Service to budge.
Purify said the changed area would be 1.76 square miles. “We’re not talking about a large area.”
He presented the council with a packet on rules in respect to ZIP code boundary changes.
“I’ve given you everything they’ve asked for to backup what I’m requesting, so you don’t really have to go looking for anything,” he said. “If it’s not right here, I’ll get it.”
Councilwoman Cheryl Sarvis said she appreciated Purify’s efforts.
“I am so glad to see citizens as involved as you are,” she said.
Also at Wednesday’s meeting, the council began discussing ideas on how to overcome a $375,000 budget shortfall. The entire agenda is attached to this article.
The council will hold its regular meeting at 7 p.m. at the Community Development office. There is also a town hall meeting scheduled for next Thursday (April 21), where the budget will likely be discussed. The meeting is set to start at 7 p.m. at the Reception Hall.