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Sen. Kaine joins the call for Hillsboro to regain its own ZIP

Sen. Tim Kaine (D) agrees with Hillsboro Mayor Roger Vance that the small western Loudoun town should have its own ZIP. Times-Mirror/Alexander Todd Erkiletian
The Town of Hillsboro this week submitted an application to the United States Postal Service to renew the town's ZIP code after it was merged with Purcellville 13 years ago.

With its own town government, school and businesses, as well as increased visibility as western Loudoun's popularity grows, Hillsboro's Mayor Roger Vance feels now is the time to bring the town's ZIP code back.

U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine, who sent a letter this week to Postmaster General and CEO of the United States Postal Service Megan Brennan, has been working with Mayor Vance to ensure the application was completed by the deadline. If approved, the change would be effective July 1, 2018.

In the letter, Kaine wrote, “Mayor Vance and his team have been diligent in their efforts to ensure this application is successful. This request will allow thousands of residents and businesses in the region to be identified with a unique Hillsboro ZIP. It will address the confusion that arises when residents in the Hillsboro region are identified as residents of the Town of Purcellville with respect to mortgage correspondence, for example, and for businesses who must clarify their location to their customers who use GPS devices that utilize ZIP codes.”

Designating the Town of Hillsboro with the its own ZIP code would not place new operational burdens on the Postal Service and would be consistent with the election precincts, according to officials.

Kaine's letter went on to say Hillsboro is the only town in fast-growing Loudoun that previously has a unique ZIP, but later lost that designation. Kaine and Vance have proposed using 20133, which is not used by any other jurisdiction.

“This submission of our request is the fruition of months of work on the part of residents from the area and with the support of our elected officials from the Federal, State and local levels,” said Vance. “For many years, it has been a key strategic goal of the town and area-wide business owners and residents to reinstate a unique Hillsboro-area ZIP Code, rather than be designated as Purcellville.”

Vance noted support from the Greater Hillsboro Business Alliance and many wineries, bed and breakfasts and other individual business owners along with Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Phyllis Randall, Blue Ridge District Supervisor Tony Buffington (R) and Catoctin District Supervisor Geary Higgins (R).

Vance applauded the work on the project of Hillsboro-area resident and management consultant Maura Walsh-Copeland.

“Maura’s in-depth diligent research and analysis of the USPS regulations and process provided a clear roadmap for crafting a truly elegant solution that we believe will bring benefits to the USPS and our local residents—at virtually no cost or negative impact on efficiency.”

Calling the request “the first hurdle,” Vance emphasized the USPS will make a thorough evaluation of feasibility and then a survey of affected customers will be conducted to ensure a majority are in favor.

“We believe we’ve made the best case for this change, but the decision rests with the Postal Service.”


Read Sen. Kaine's full letter to Postmaster General and Chief Executive Officer of the United States Postal Service (USPS) Megan Brennan:

Dear Postmaster General Brennan,

I write to share my support for the Town of Hillsboro’s request for a unique ZIP code (“20133”) that would apply to Hillsboro and the surrounding area in northwest Loudoun County, Virginia. Hillsboro is the only town in Loudoun that had a unique ZIP code but later lost that designation. My office has worked with Hillsboro Mayor Roger Vance and his team to develop their request for the reestablishment of a unique ZIP code for Hillsboro and the surrounding area.

The code Hillsboro has proposed to use, 20133, is not used by any other jurisdiction. Hillsboro’s request will not place new operational burdens on the Postal Service (USPS), as all the mail in the region will continue to be sorted at the Purcellville USPS facility. The request aligns with the election precincts, an already established boundary alignment, and does not propose a new designation. If enacted, this proposal may also improve north-south delivery operations.

Mayor Vance and his team have been diligent in their efforts to ensure this application is successful. This request will allow thousands of residents and businesses in the region to be identified with a unique Hillsboro ZIP. It will address the confusion that arises when residents in the Hillsboro region are identified as residents of the Town of Purcellville with respect to mortgage correspondence, for example, and for businesses who must clarify their location to their customers who use GPS devices that utilize ZIP codes. I am also concerned that if this proposal is not approved, traffic management and emergency response issues may go unresolved.

I believe reinstating a unique Hillsboro ZIP would address all of these concerns. I urge you and your team to expedite your review of this request.

Sincerely,

Tim Kaine


Comments


Oh, shut up!


Jonathan Erickson, it might be time for an intervention. 

3 comments on one story and not a single one of them actually address the topic. 

It’s OK to ask for help


You would think Kaine would spend time trying to understand the tax reform but alas other important work takes precedent. For Kaine it is a partisan effort to thwart the measure as long as the democrats gain power versus the American people gaining a tax break.


wow..The nasty political whiners will whine about ANYTHING, even if it has nothing to do w/them. If Trump backed Hillsboro the koolaid drinkers would be preening and swooning. Whatever Hillsboro population wants is good for me, since I don’t live there.


Well this is a great boon to the economy of the USA. Glad to see Kaine is leading the zip code crowd. Next up for Kaine the high cost of Oatmeal.


I think LTM is trolling the cranky white whiners…didn’t catch them all with this article but a good haul nonetheless..


Erickson, if Trump found a cure for Cancer and needed Congress’s help to support the funding for a vaccine, Kaine would vote against it. These fools only vote party, not country. If George Soros tells Kaine to vote against it, thats what will happen


Please clarify for me what area would be impacted? Just the Residents and businesses within the town boundary?


So the post office has been unprofitable for the past ten years and Senator Kaine wants to stop the post office from cutting expenses that will help them become profitable.  Brilliant Mr. Kainn, you are an embarrassment to the Commonwealth of Virginia.


How about we regain the Dulles Toll Road, Traitor Kaine?


Be prepared to vote for the tax reform bill or lose next election!

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