They need a code for their zips Same Arundel, Baltimore numbers creating chaos

July 14, 1992|By Liz Atwood | Liz Atwood,Staff Writer

Life in Foreman's Corner can be confusing.

Just ask Cheryl Snyder. She has the same zip code as the residents of Baltimore's Curtis Bay neighborhood, her post office is in another zip code in Brooklyn Park and her telephone exchange is the same as her southwestern neighbors in Pasadena.

She is not the only one who is confused. Deliverymen and insurance agents also are perplexed.

"I constantly have deliverymen call me because they consider this Pasadena," Mrs. Snyder said.

Some insurance companies, such as ITT Hartford, base their automobile rates on zip codes and charge residents living in the 21225 and 21226 zip codes in northern Anne Arundel the same rates as they charge city residents. Other companies differentiate between the county residents and the city residents in those zip codes, but have to be persuaded.

"I had to show my insurance agent on a map where I live," Mrs. Snyder said.

Geraldine Meluh, who lives in Orchard Beach, said she had to write a note to her insurance agent in large red letters insisting, "This property is not in the city," because she was being billed the city rates, which are several hundred dollars a year higher.

"It gets on your nerves after a while," she complained.

Mrs. Snyder, president of the Solley Road Civic Association, and other community leaders, believe the way to solve the confusion is to establish a separate zip code for Anne Arundel residents who now share city zips.

The civic group will make the zip code change a priority this fall, hoping to create the new district with the Solley Road portion of the Glen Burnie zip code and the Anne Arundel portion of the Curtis Bay zip code.

The U.S. Postal Service, however, has no plans to change. William Neal, manager of address program support for the Postal Service's Baltimore division, said there are no plans to change the zip codes in Anne Arundel County at least for the next five years.

Although insurance companies, salesmen and even pizza deliverers use zip codes to establish rates or set delivery routes, Mr. Neal said the postal service modifies them only to suit its own needs.

Codes are changed only to accommodate population shifts or changes in postal technology, and the current zip codes will meet the Postal Service's needs for the immediate future, he said.

Brooklyn Park residents tried last year to boost their image by petitioning for their own zip code, but got nowhere. Like their counterparts in the Solley Road and Orchard Beach area, they complained about delivery and insurance mix-ups caused by having the same zip code as that of the Brooklyn neighborhood of the city.

But for Brooklyn Park, the problem is more than the zip code but a shared name with the city neighborhood, says Arleen Hodges, president of the Olde Brooklyn Park Improvement Association.

"Some people just call this Brooklyn," she said.

The fire department across the street from where she lives, for example, is the Brooklyn Fire Station.

Brooklyn Park residents even have to paint their own fire plugs. It seems some of the plugs use county water and some use city water, but no one is sure which is which so residents do the painting themselves, Mrs. Hodges said.

"After a while you kind of just shake your head," she said.

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