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ZIP Code Dispute May Be Settled Soon

Cobb citizens with Paulding addresses could see their correct residency on letters and packages.

Cobb residents with Paulding addresses will soon be able to decide by a group vote on whether to switch their ZIP code to reflect the county they actually live in.

Since April 2011, when one of the affected residents , the city has requested that the Postal Service change Hiram's 30141 in Cobb to Powder Springs' 30127.

“They finally, last month, sent a letter saying they would accommodate the request on certain conditions," Director Pam Conner said at Wednesday's work session.

The city must provide a hot line for people to call in and ask questions, as well as host a meeting on the matter. The meeting is scheduled for 6 to 8 p.m. on Oct. 2 at the 's .

Afterward, the Postal Service will send surveys to those who would be affected, and a simple majority of those who return the surveys will decide whether the change happens.

Councilman Chris Wizner's sudivision, Warren Creek, is near the county line, and the houses there have the Hiram ZIP code. He said only two of his neighbors didn't want the switch.

“One just didn’t want to go through the hassle of changing their address, and the other one said they just like being in Hiram," he said. “Everybody else I talked to was for it."

If approved by the simple majority, the whole process will take about a year, Mayor Pat Vaughn said. During that time, she explained, the Postal Service will conduct the survey, gather the results, and allow citizens to notify who they need to about their new address—though both Hiram and Powder Springs will work for mailing during the transition.

Since city and unincorporated Cobb residents would be affected, Powder Springs officials have been in contact with the county government about the possbile switch.

In the 1.76 square miles in question, there are 313 land lots, 226 of which are developed—a couple businesses, a church, and the rest residential.

The man who initially pushed for the switch and asked for council support, Johnnie Purify of the Woodberry Farms subdivision, noted several problematic areas from misleading ZIP codes: paying property taxes, insurance rates, varying sales taxes, voting locations, housing values, GPS navigation, jury duty and emergency services.

Patch readers in response to the April 2011 article "".

The Postal Service has long said its ZIP code boundaries are only meant to section off land in a way that leads to effective and accurate postal delivery, and they don't necessarily reflect city or county limits.

The company does, though, allow for appeals, like what Powder Springs has done.

Do you think the ZIP codes should be changed? Tell us in the comments.

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Priscilla Smith August 16, 2012 at 11:28 AM
Of course the address should be changed. One needs to have the correct address, not what is easy for the postal service. By the way, how does this address affect fire, police and other emergency requests by the home owners?
JLH August 16, 2012 at 02:38 PM
Priscilla, I agree with you 100%. More than anything else, I am concerned about home values. Cobb is a more desirable county to reside in hands down. Cobb is the most educated and has the highest median income compared to any county in the State. Cobb also has the best school system in the State. Why would this "Woodberry subdivision" resident prefer to have a Hiram address when the home is physically in Cobb?
carolyn August 16, 2012 at 03:01 PM
Yes, please get the correct zip with the correct address. I pay Cobb Co. taxes and I have to argue with clerical people who disagree that I live in Cobb Co. because of my zip... I tell them to look at my drivers license but that doesn't solve the problem. Carolyn Stultz
Henry L Lust August 16, 2012 at 03:32 PM
Yes most definitely ...I have been waiting for this to occur.
LBryant August 16, 2012 at 04:48 PM
Yes-I have lived in the area for 9 years and it has always been very confusing. It would be great to finally have an answer. L.Bryant
Jenny August 16, 2012 at 05:02 PM
Will this also be reflected in the "city" name as well. For those of us in Hiram 30141 would it now be Powder Springs 30127 or will they make it more confusing by only changing the zip so we would be Hiram 30127?
DeAnna Byrd August 16, 2012 at 05:14 PM
@ Jenny, it would be a city change as well. They would change from, 123 Street Way Hiram 30141 to, 123 Street Way Powder Springs 30127.
DeAnna Byrd August 16, 2012 at 05:19 PM
YES for the change. We already pay Cobb Co. taxes and have (specifically sought out) Cobb Co. schools....WHY have a Paulding Co (Hiram) address/zipcode?! Nothing wrong with Hiram! But it is like calling Clark Gable, Clark Gabler...you want what you "paid" for.
Joseph August 16, 2012 at 05:20 PM
When I called to file a police report recently, neither Powder Springs nor Hiram Police departments would file the report because of my address. I was told to file it with Cobb County Police. Yes, please change the city and zip.
SJ August 16, 2012 at 05:53 PM
Yes! Yes! Yes! we have wanted this change from the day we moved to Georgia back in 2005. We specifically located just inside the Cobb Cty line for the school system and were shocked once we arrived to discover that we had a Paulding Cty address along with all the hassles that go along with that as already outlined in the article and by other residents. Even though it will be a hassle to now change our address we are happy to take on the challenge for the benefits all of us will receive. This household will definitely be voting a great, big, YES! Can't happen soon enough!
Olga August 16, 2012 at 07:48 PM
Yes! I have only lived in this part of Cobb county for 15 months, but it has been so confusing with local deliveries and explaining to friends that we have a Paulding county zip code but live in Cobb! It is definitely an issue with resale value when listing our homes, as people perceive that we are in Pauldng schools/services when we are clearly in Cobb. I will attend the hearing. Thanks for keeping us informed!
JD Purify August 16, 2012 at 08:34 PM
Glad to hear there is a great deal of support to make this change. JD Purify
JD Purify August 16, 2012 at 08:37 PM
JLH, I do want a Powder Springs address as do my neighbors...we are for this change not against it.
Jonathan Lee August 16, 2012 at 08:55 PM
As a Realtor living in this disputed area, I am all for the change. The Hiram and zip code confusion to home buyers is hurting our home values. I have to remind my buyers that my subdivision Stonemill Creek is even an option when looking for a Cobb county address. All the major search engines for homes are tied to cities therefore buyer's are simply not finding the Cobb county homes in this affected area. Jonathan Lee Prudential Georgia Realty www.TeamLeeHomes.com
Keenan August 16, 2012 at 11:19 PM
I have wanted this change since I moved here in 2004. I absolutely HATE having a Hiram address and zip code. As a matter of fact we almost did not find our home because all my searches were for Powder Springs and when homes came up as Hiram I would never look at them.
MH August 17, 2012 at 01:33 AM
Thank you for finally getting someone to listen. I questioned this back in 2007 and got no where. We have had similar hassles with the Cobb library system, police, and insurance. I am definitely FOR the long overdue CORRECTION of our addresses.
S.Cass August 17, 2012 at 02:41 AM
I would like to thank Mr. Purify for raising the issue and I am all for having an address which truly reflects where I reside, Cobb County, the county in which we pay taxes. SC
Matt Larson August 17, 2012 at 02:42 PM
I started asking the postmasters about this starting in 2000 when my family moved from another part of Cobb County to the then new Harvest Pointe West subdivision in this area. As the president of the HOA, I've heard many times how our neighborhood wished our address was Powder Springs, 30127.
JD Purify August 17, 2012 at 06:12 PM
Your welcome SC, but it is not over yet, pleas spread the word to your neighbors so we can get a majority vote to make the change"... The mayor, council and city staff have been very supportive but the hometowns will have the last word when the Post Office sends out the survey...
Andrew Wilson August 20, 2012 at 03:13 PM
When we moved into our home, we originally had a 30127 zipcode but the post office changed it about a month after we moved in and GPS has not been able to find us since. Besides the deline in our property value, the worst part about having a Hiram address is is not having a voice or a vote in any Hiram election.
Ann Gerrick September 14, 2012 at 01:42 AM
ABSOLUTELY, yes change it! I have tried on several occasions appealing to the US Postmaster, congressmen, the mayor to get this changed. The mayor was kind enough to give us a letter that states we do live on Powder Springs, in Cobb County to present to vendors so that we pay Cobb County taxes not Paulding. Deliveries have been messed up, cable companies are confused ... Each saying the other had the service for our area, repair/service visits are delayed and yes, even calls for emergency services don't get directed properly. We live 2 miles down the street from the Powder Springs Post Office ... Yes the very same street! It's time to get this changed. Thank you to whoever got this ball finally rolling.
JD Purify September 14, 2012 at 12:55 PM
Just uploaded a PDF of the letter sent to affected home owners with the first step the City and County must take to have the zip code changed. If you did not get on in the mail please download the one I submitted and share the information with your neighbors and friends. An Open House meeting to answer questions is scheduled for Oct. 2 from 6-8PM at the Ford Center in Powder Springs.
JD Purify September 14, 2012 at 12:57 PM
The PDF is still pending approval so you can download the image file I submitted also. Help support this effort...
JD Purify October 02, 2012 at 09:36 PM
Meeting is tonight for 6-8 PM, At the Ford Center in Powder Springs
JD Purify October 03, 2012 at 01:19 AM
Had allot of miss information on home values dropping if the change is made to move from 30141 to 30127. So, I checked with a popular web site on the Home Price and Value for 30141: http://www.zillow.com/local-info/GA-30141-home-value/r_70914/ and then I looked at home prices for 30127: http://www.zillow.com/local-info/GA-30127-home-value/r_70904/ Homes in 30141 are down from $146K in 2007 to $88,200 in 2012 and homes in 30127 are down from $162K in 2007 to $102,100 in 2012. So, both zip codes are down, but homes in 30127 fell from a much higher home value and have maintained a higher home value over all.
anna sierdzinska October 03, 2012 at 09:22 PM
how was the meeting last night? any progress?
JD Purify October 03, 2012 at 09:59 PM
Had a full room with many on both sides of the issue. Not sure the against had a good argument, but it was good to hear why it might not be a good idea. Overall it was a good meeting. Next step is the vote in January, so make sure to return yours and let your neighbors and friends know.
JD Purify March 02, 2013 at 02:18 PM
UPDATE: U.S. Postal Service will mail out the survey that will decide if the zip code is changed in the Powder Springs area 15 March 2013. Please be on the watch to receive this letter within the affected areas, and take time to fill it out and return it to the postal service.
JD Purify April 19, 2013 at 12:57 AM
The verdict is in...many of us will soon be living the 30127 Zip Code! Thank you to everyone who supported this effort...

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