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Published on February 29th, 2016 |

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Shook checking why constituents get Brookhaven postmarked mail

Atlanta City Councilman Howard Shook is investigating why a number of his Atlanta constituents are receiving mail postmarked ‘City of Brookhaven.’

Shook, who represents portions of Buckhead that use the 30319 ZIP code, said, “I’m hearing reports of Atlanta residents in the 30319 zip code receiving DeKalb County jury summonses, and

City Councilman Howard Shook

City Councilman Howard Shook

having problems with credit card transactions and driver’s licenses.”

He added, “Life is hard enough without having to put up with such headaches.”

The new city, carved out of unincorporated DeKalb County, had successfully lobbied members of Congress to prevail upon the United States Postal Service to make the changes necessary to have Brookhaven residents recognized as such on their mail.

It is unclear if the requested change of address was meant only for Brookhaven residents or the entire 30319 zip code, which includes thousands of residents in the cities of Atlanta and Sandy Springs.

Brookhaven’s Mayor John Ernst is open to working with Shook and the Postal Service to work out a remedy, said spokesperson Ann Marie Quill.

“This postal change occurred under the previous administration, and we were under the impression that it meant the use of ‘Brookhaven’ in mailings was merely an option for those in our city limits,” she said. “We certainly did not intend to cast any harm for any Atlanta residents.”

Brookhaven incorporated in December 2012. The city then began the process of having the U.S. Postal Service recognize 30319 and 30329 in Brookhaven as a deliverable address; the status was achieved in October 2014 with help from U.S. Rep. Tom Price.

“I understand it’s a matter of municipal vanity to have your own zip code, but it horrifies me that this may be creating serious problems,” Shook said. He urges Atlantans who have been affected by the change to contact him at hshook@atlantaga.gov.

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