How Oakwood got stamp of approval for new address

OAKWOOD, Ohio (WDTN) — A proposal by the Wright Metro Library started the push to allow residents to use Oakwood in their mailing addresses.

“In our marketing plans it seemed like a good idea to let people know where we really are and we’re in the city of Oakwood,” says Library Board President Lu Ann Stanley.

There was only one problem. Ohio has two other Oakwood’s and one of them shares a street name with the Oakwood here.

There were concerns that mail going to Harman Boulevard could go to the Harmon Street in one of the other Oakwood’s.

“That’s the reason we’ve had the Dayton mailing address for as long as I’ve lived here,” Stanley says.

New technology though allows the post office to focus more on the zip codes than the city names.

“With the preferred last line they read from the zip code backwards,” Stanley says.

It took about six months and some pushing from Congressman Mike Turner’s office but Oakwood was just awarded its address status.

You can still use Dayton if you’d like but Oakwood is now the preferred last line.

“It’s accurate, it describes where we are and it relieves any confusion,” Stanley says.

Residents say they are excited to now be able to put their city’s name on their mail.

“Everyone’s proud of their community,” Stanley says. “They like to be able to say they’re from Kettering or they’re from Moraine or they’re from Oakwood.”

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