This fundraiser is related to the request to change the ZIP code serving the Lake Shawnee Reservation from Wharton, NJ 07885 to Lake Hopatcong, NJ 07849. Funds collected will pay for advertising to inform those affected using targeted post cards, lawn signs, Facebook advertising, Jefferson AIM ads, and more. This outreach will help inform and educate those affected. Additionally, we may need to secure funding for an official survey and an attorney.
The Lake Shawnee Reservation is a section within Jefferson Township, NJ containing approximately 550 households. Jefferson Township is served by several post offices: Newfoundland (07435), Oak Ridge (07438), Lake Hopatcong (07849), and Wharton (07885). The Lake Shawnee Reservation is currently served by the Wharton, NJ 07885 post office.
Lake Hopatcong, NJ 07849 has a post office 2.5 miles away from The Lake Shawnee Reservation by vehicle, whereas the Wharton, NJ 07885 post office is 5.2 miles away by vehicle. Additionally, The Lake Shawnee Reservation has two entrances and one exit by vehicle. The homes surrounding the methods of egress and ingress are served by the Lake Hopatcong, NJ 07849 post office, making such a change presumably more efficient for the US Postal Service. To the east of Lake Shawnee is protected land that is part of the North Jersey Highlands.
Furthermore, Lake Hopatcong, NJ 07849 is not a municipality, but is generally known to be the municipality of Jefferson Township, NJ. Wharton, NJ 07885 is both a mailing address and municipality. The association of Wharton, NJ to The Lake Shawnee Reservation in Jefferson Township has numerous implications.
This ZIP code change request is being made for the above reasons, in addition to several of the reasons identified in the CRS Report for Congress, including but not limited to:
- Lack of Proper Community Identity
- Property Value Association
- Problems with Navigation/Directions
- Confusion in Voter Registration and Congressional District
- Misdirected Property Tax Remittances and Municipal Service Accuracy
Lastly, the compromise of changing the city name on the last line of the address is not a suitable solution as it does not adequately address the primary concerns outlined above. Additionally, nearly all computer systems that have ZIP code data associate ZIP code 07885 with Wharton, NJ and do not have a second association to Jefferson Township or the Lake Shawnee Reservation.
For more information, please visit: http://www.07885to07849.com
Please note that any unused funds will be returned proportionately to all those who contributed to the cause.
* Alternate Fundraising Link: https://www.paypal.me/lakeshawneezip *
* This fundraiser is not affiliated with, maintained, authorized, endorsed, or sponsored by the Lake Shawnee Club. The term Lake Shawnee is a geographic reference. The term Lake Shawnee Reservation refers to the master deed for residents of the lake community. *