While we are still actively attempting to secure a "unique" ZIP code for Lakeland, I was advised that if Lakeland residents use their "ZIP + 4" number this will identify a Lakeland as a "Lakeland" resident, and also may assist in assuring that sales tax revenues go to the right City and that your residence is identified as "Lakeland" for insurance, tax, labeling and other reasons. It may also help on GPS searches, depending on the GPS unit.
I am starting to use my "ZIP + 4" address on all correspondence for both my home and City Hall and will keep you advised of the results.
I am hoping using the ZIP + 4 address along with continuing to change my address to "Lakeland" whenever another City is used that I will eventually get all of my mail addressed to "Lakeland".
In the meanwhile, we will continue to petition the U.S. Postal Service for a unique "Lakeland" address.
To determine your unique "ZIP + 4" address, go to www.usps.com., click on "find a ZIP code" and you can find your unique ZIP Code.
For example, City Hall is 10001 Highway 70, Lakeland, Tennessee 38002-8068 and we will begin emphasizing this address and hopefully avoid the address of "Lakeland City Hall, Arlington, Tennessee!".
In the meantime, we continue to work with the U.S. Postal Service on a possible solution to Lakeland receiving a unique ZIP Code.