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ZIP change rejected by residents of east Newton

COVINGTON -- The proposed ZIP code change in east Newton has been rejected by residents.

A spokesperson for the U.S. Postal Service said late Friday afternoon that the vote was 269-51 against a change from the Social Circle 30025 ZIP code to Covington's 30014.

More than 600 addresses, mostly residential, would have been affected by the change, which officials have said was requested by Baxter International, set to locate in Stanton Springs.

But residents in the area said it would mean a major inconvenience for them, as they would have to change their addresses on their driver's licenses and utility and other accounts. At a town hall meeting in late March, about 60 residents attended and the majority spoke in opposition to the change.

It was ultimately their decision, and the Postal Service sent ballots out in mid-March. The ballots had to be postmarked by April 11 to be counted.

Had the change been approved, it would have gone into effect July 1.

District 1 Commissioner John Douglas, who represents the affected area, has said officials asked the Postal Service if Baxter could be assigned a Covington ZIP without affecting the surrounding area or have its own unique ZIP, but that was rejected by the district postmaster.

Neither Douglas nor Board of Commissioners Chairman Keith Ellis could be reached for comment late Friday.

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Newtownqq 12 months ago

I am proud that these residents stood up and stopped this crap! This is why the JDA is so dangrous they meet outside the public eye and no communicaiton is set up to inform the BOC or citizens to what they are telling companies like Baxter. It seems that Mort Ewing does the talking to the media about the Baxter project and we all know what he is about. John Douglass says he is against the group set up to study the gun issues in the county because they don't meet in public. Well John what about the JDA? They seem to be much more a threat to Newton than a few concerned citizens. What else do we owe Baxter? I think its time our BOC owes the citizens answers!

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TheUpside 12 months ago

AMEN!!! Baxter is arrogant and annoying as is all of the closed government. I hope to see people who live in the city get rid of some of the longtime waste on the city council in the next election cycle. Then work on the BOC and the BOE next year and in 2016.

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averagejoe1 12 months ago

"TheUpside," zip code change or not, you are an idiot. How can you call an entire organization "arrogant and annoying" without showing your utter ignorance? Go ahead, work on the city and county elected bodies, but please refrain from qualifying personally.

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manning 12 months ago

Perhaps Baxter should find a new place within the 30014 to build or just move out all together! Who needs change and growth anyway?

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averagejoe1 12 months ago

No to everything! Change is the devil! Get in your caves!

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Newtownqq 12 months ago

I am not saying I am against change , but the change was a great one. Plus info on why Baxter wanted this was not explained. I find it strange that Baxter pushed for the change, but never provided why. JDA needs to provide the public with answers!

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John 12 months ago

There was an earlier news story that basically stated someone contacted a Baxter representative on this zip code change requested & they responded they were not aware that Baxter did request a 30014. Possibly there is a thread of truth to what the Baxte rep. stated. Could it be someone(s) else that requested it for a special interest reason? Very possible, but they remain very quiet because they don't want their "slip to show".

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