23 February 2017

OOOOOH! 8844 Part 2

At the end of 1995, the Hillsborough Township Committee officially endorsed a proposal to eliminate the postal designations of Somerville, Belle Mead, Neshanic Station, Skillman, and Flemington - and their corresponding ZIP codes - within the municipality, to be replaced by one centrally located US Post Office, and one unifying address - Hillsborough.

Advertisement from the 28 March 1996 Courier News

To gain final approval, 85% of township homeowners, landlords, and business owners would have to return a single-question survey indicating if they were in support of, or opposed to, the plan. Of those, more than 50% would have to support the plan for it to move forward. After some initial grumbling about who would pay to mail the surveys - the township or the post office - surveys finally went out near the end of the winter.

17 April 1996 Courier News
Responses were slow to come back. As of April 24, 1996, Hillsborough was still 1,500 votes short of the number needed to reach 85%. The good news was that because 78% of the returned surveys were "Yes" votes, even if every one of the outstanding 1,500 surveys came back with a "No" the plan could not be defeated. The town was given 28 more days to collect the necessary surveys.

On June 3, 1996 The Courier News reported that a sufficient number surveys had been returned and counted and that more than 75% of 8,638 were in favor of the Hillsborough post office. With Hillsborough residents wondering where this post office would be built, Deputy Mayor Brett Radi was quoted as saying, "I don't know if there are any feasible municipal sites".

13 December 2000 Courier News

After much consideration the familiar site on Amwell Road was announced on September 8, 1998. With construction nearing completion in September 2000, the USPS web site inadvertently leaked the long awaited new Hillsborough ZIP code. Visitors to the site found that when they searched for Hillsborough, NJ, the site returned 08844 as the ZIP.

The grand opening was held on Friday, December 1, 2000. 

I usually refrain from personal commentary in these types of posts, but I have to ask, looking at the photo above, what kind of a montage would you like to give the current Hillsborough postmaster?





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