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Cecil Township Officials Seek Help Securing Uniform Zip Code

Have you signed the petition yet?

Hey, Cecil Township residents, which zip code do you live in? Is it 15017, or 15055? Or could it be 15057, 15317, 15321 or 15350?

Yes, there are six zip codes that cover the municipality, and Cecil officials say it’s time for a change.

The township is petitioning the U.S. Post Office to ask it to allow Cecil Township to have a uniform zip code.

“According to the 2010 census information, Cecil Township had a 15.5 percent growth scattered throughout six different zip codes,” township Manager Don Gennuso wrote in a letter to the department. “Three of these post offices, Lawrece, Cecil and Muse, are located within our geographic area. In that some of the local post offices may be curtailing their hours of operation, the leadership of the township believes that the postal service is capable of developing a better and more cost-effective management.”

Officials noted on the township website that having that many ZIP codes in one community can create problems for residents, businesses and emergency service providers.

“Because ZIP codes are often not aligned with municipal boundaries, millions of Americans have mailing addresses in neighboring jurisdictions,” according to the township website. “This can cause higher insurance rates, confusion in voter registration, misdirected property and sales tax revenues for municipalities, property value effects as well as a lack of community identity.”

Interested in helping the township petition the U.S. Post Office for a uniform zip code? Cecil officials ask that you sign an electronic petition by emailing recp@ceciltownship.com. Your full name, address, email, current ZIP code and email verification are required to sign the electronic petition.

Submissions will be recorded in the township offices.

Tara Smith February 26, 2013 at 03:42 PM
It'll definitely be interesting if it became 15317 everywhere, esp. since currently McMurray is still in the mix.
Karen Tuma Keinard February 26, 2013 at 04:24 PM
I wish them luck. South Fayette has been trying to do this for years...
Duncan February 27, 2013 at 12:55 PM
There are communities throughout the state that have been trying to do this for a variety of reasons. I don't understand why anyone would waste resources or effort on this type of this... it's a number; a mere code - nothing more than that. I'd think the change would be more confusing than the "fix".

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