Buckland wants to be a two-ZIP code town

  • Buckland, served by neighboring post offices.

  • Buckland, MA post office Jan. 9. 2017.

  • Buckland, MA post office Jan. 9. 2017.

Recorder Staff
Published: 1/11/2017 9:23:38 PM

BUCKLAND — This town of four ZIP codes and 1,900 residents will be asking the Postal Service to put all its households under just two ZIP codes: Shelburne Falls 01370 for all within the village, and Buckland 01338 for all rural areas south of Shelburne Falls, to the Ashfield border.

While using two ZIP codes won’t solve all the confusion the town government and its residents face from address mixups, Selectmen hope it will simplify things and speed up mail delivery.

Selectman Dena Willmore proposed the boundaries for the 01370 ZIP would start north of the Iron Bridge in Shelburne Falls and end at the intersection of North Street, Route 112 and Route 2. Selectmen hope the rest of Buckland, to the Ashfield boundary, would get mail routed through the Buckland Post Office. 

Willmore said residents in the Clesson Brook Road area say they are having difficulty getting their mail, which comes through the Ashfield Post Office.

She said the two big problems the town has with its ZIP codes are mail delivery problems for rural residents and how ZIP code-based data is being used by other government agencies.

Larry Langford of Avery Road came to the meeting to ask Selectmen if he could be assigned the Buckland ZIP code, because his mail and bills are arriving about two weeks late. He lives close to the Buckland Post Office, but the mail goes from Ashfield to Buckland, then is forwarded to the Charlemont Post Office, he said.

“It seems to me that we’re not talking about so many people that we couldn’t have an 01338 distribution,” Langford said.

On Jan. 24, Selectmen hope to revise a letter they plan to send to David Mastroianni, the USPS Connecticut Valley District manager. They want to go over a town map and review how many households are included and how many would be affected by a ZIP code change. Currently, some roads are served by two ZIP codes, while a few areas have no ZIP code but have post office boxes instead.

Selectmen’s Chairman Rob Riggan said having one ZIP code for the town would be ideal, but the two-ZIP solution is more likely to be acceptable to the US Postal Service.




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