ARUNDEL, Maine — Economic Development Committee member Jen Burrows discussed the need for the town of Arundel to have its own ZIP code at a Board of Selectmen meeting April 22. Arundel currently shares not only a post office but also a ZIP code with the neighboring town of Kennebunkport.
Sharing Kennebunkport’s ZIP code of 04046 causes confusion for UPS and FedEx deliveries, GPS programming, business locations and simply trying to locate a weather report for the town of Arundel from an electronic device, Burrows said. Because both towns share several similar road names and physically share roads such as the Log Cabin Road, using a Kennebunkport ZIP code to find a location in Arundel is nearly impossible.
“We have a lack of identity and Arundel has a lot to offer,” Burrows told selectmen.
Burrows said obtaining a ZIP code will not cost the town anything, that it’s simply a matter of petitioning the Legislature and reprogramming a barcode. It is actually amazing how easy of a process it is, Burrows said.
Selectmen Daniel Dubois expressed concern about obtaining a new ZIP code.
“People will have to change their driver’s license, checks, stationery and business cards,” he said.
Town Manager Todd Shea said the current feedback from residents seems to be split down the middle. If a new ZIP code is put in place, the post office will give residents and business owners a full year to update their records before they stop delivering mail addressed with the old ZIP code.
Currently, the town is spending $25,000 for a marketing and branding research study so it only makes sense to decide whether or not to change the ZIP code during the process of enhancing the town, Shea said.
“We are trying to promote our identity. This is a good idea,” said Selectman Phil Labbe.
Selectman Dana Peck agreed.
“We deserve our own ZIP code,” he said.
The vote to obtain a new ZIP code was 4-0 in favor of the petition. Chairman Velma Jones Hayes was absent.