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Chamber backs address change

The up-hill battle to get the post office to update Denver area addresses got a boost this week from the Lincolnton-Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce.
The Board of Directors of that organization, made up of more than 500 members, adopted a resolution calling for postal officials to clarify mailing addresses in the Denver area, many of which are designated Stanley.
Attorney Todd Wulfhorst, calling for the action on behalf of chamber’s East Lincoln area council, said he needs all of the help he can get. The effort has constantly been blocked by postal officials.
“They don’t even tell me where to start,” he said. “They just say it can’t be done.”
Wulfhurst said Lincoln County officials support the move, as well as officials in Stanly and Denver.
But after more than a year of trying to bring about a change, nobody with the postal system is responsive.
Wulfhurst said he has even contacted U. S. Rep. Sue Myrick and U.S. Rep. Cass Ballenger, but they haven’t been able to bring about a change.
Some long-time residents in the area may oppose the change because they don’t want the hassle of changing addresses on various accounts.
But Wulfhorst said they might change their views if they learn fire insurance rates would be reduced by a new designation. That’s a possibility, though further research is needed, he said.
A change is supported by most residents and is fully supported by businesses in the area, Wulfhorst said. Often, deliveries for Denver area business wind up in Stanley because of the confusion.
As he encounters more difficulties and roadblocks, Wulfhurst said he is more inclined to achieve his goal.
“The more I think about it, the more it grates on me,” he said.
The chamber resolutions was adopted with a unanimous vote. Wulfhorst said he also expected to get the support of the Denver Area Business Association.
by Staff Reports

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