Fishers Petitions USPS to Change Zip Codes
Postal officials confirmed today that the Town of Fishers has formally requested that the United States Postal Service (USPS) change the zip codes of the soon-to-be-annexed Geist homes. As of January 1, 2010, the 2,000 plus homes in the unincorporated areas of Fall Creek Township will officially be within the Town of Fishers after a four-year legal battle.
“The Town of Fishers has submitted a request to change all the zip codes within their town limits to 46037,” said Kim Yates, a spokesperson for the postal service.
Currently, the unincorporated areas affected include McCordsville (46055), Fortville (46040), and even Indianapolis (46256) zip codes around Geist Reservoir. If the change is made, all addresses would change to Fishers and would most likely share the 46037 zip code.
The process of changing zip codes is time consuming and includes the input of the residents affected.
1. The USPS District Office will study the impacts of the change, including the work load of each post office affected. They then render a decision as to whether to grant or deny the request.
2. If granted, a survey letter will be sent to each impacted postal customer requesting a “yes” or “no” vote.
3. If the majority of households want the change, the change will be granted. If not, the zip codes stay the same.
“The process is fairly democratic,” added Yates. “Residents do have a say in the outcome.”
A simple majority of respondents will determine the result of the entire area.
“If we only receive 50 surveys out of 2,000 mailed out and 26 of them are against the change, the request will be denied.”