Thursday, August 11, 2011

I know I don't live in Tumwater, but why does the Post Office think I do? And, what can I do about it?

I live on the yellow side of the line:

Since we moved a few miles last year, I've noticed that there seems to be some confusion about which city I now live in. Not confusion by me, but by the U.S. Post office. Its kind of annoying to get junk mail labeled with my address as being in Tumwater, but I know that it really doesn't matter. If someone addresses something to me in Olympia, it'll get to me no problem.

The problem has become when we contact the city over something, we have to first clear up where we actually live. Apparently because the post office thinks I'm in Tumwater, Olympia isn't always convinced which side of the line we're on.

Last year I emailed the city about an erosion problem on a nearby construction site and I had to email them a screenshot like the one above to clear it up. Now, a neighbor is being told she needs to register their home business in Tumwater.

Briggs Village is very much part of Olympia (heck we're in the municipal code).

So, how does one get the post office to change their mind about what city you live in?