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USPS requesting clear sidewalks

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

INDIANAPOLIS -- Letter carriers in Indiana will make their appointed rounds to deliver mail in the aftermath of the recent heavy snow. As they prepare to face the elements, the United States Postal Service requests help in clearing snow and ice from the approach to your mailbox.

"Snow and ice in front of mailboxes play havoc with mail delivery," Postal Service spokesperson Kim Yates said. "Your help in maintaining a clear path to the mailbox -- including steps, porches, walkways and street approach -- greatly help us maintain consistent delivery service."

According to Yates, delivery service may be delayed or curtailed whenever streets or walkways present hazardous conditions for letter carriers or when snow is plowed against mailboxes. The U.S. Postal Service curtails delivery only after careful consideration and only as a last resort. Any curtailed mail is attempted the next delivery day. "We certainly don't want to inconvenience our customers," Yates said, "but we must ensure the safety of our employees."

* Customers are asked to clear enough snow from curbside boxes to allow mail trucks to approach the box, deliver the mail, and drive away from the box without danger or the need for backing.

* Walkways should be cleared of snow and ice and allow enough traction to avoid slips, trips or falls.

* Steps and porches should also be kept clear of ice and snow to prevent injury to letter carriers and others who visit the customer's home.

"Please help our employees provide the best service they can, as safely as possible," Yates said. "Your cooperation is very much appreciated and will help us provide timely delivery of your mail."

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Give me a break! WE are responsible for clearing a path from the road, across the sidewalk and to our mailboxes? Why is the snow pushed against (some even knock over) mailboxes in the first place? Sounds to me like a city problem .. not a homeowner problem.

If your mailbox is on your house, then when you clear your own path, it will include a path for mail delivery, certainly.

-- Posted by Emmes on Thu, Feb 18, 2010, at 10:54 AM

I personally refuse to clear the grass off my yard for a mail carrier to walk through. Notice I said grass. Our carrier does not use the sidewalks. She/he prefers to walk through the yards on her/his rounds.

And I am with ya Emmes why should we have to clean up the mess on the roads/city property. Isnt that what our tax dollars are suppose to be for?

-- Posted by dxrs0 on Thu, Feb 18, 2010, at 11:53 AM

No pride, lazy and only in Brazil.

-- Posted by donalde on Thu, Feb 18, 2010, at 3:03 PM

Unfortunately, at the present time most municipalities can barely afford to plow & sand the roads, let alone clean the sidewalks. In an ideal world, we'd have prompt snow removal from our streets AND sidewalks, a leak-free water system, & curbside recycling. Of course, then we'd have to PAY for it with higher taxes and whoever passed the laws for that would find themselves pelted with teabags by jingoistic lunatics wearing Sarah Palin t-shirts.

-- Posted by gratefoole on Thu, Feb 18, 2010, at 5:57 PM

There are some people who are not physically able to shovel snow & can't afford to pay to have it cleared.

-- Posted by th1953 on Thu, Feb 18, 2010, at 7:21 PM

Note that this is a "general" article to the entire state.....NOT just Brazil. I do agree that if the carrier chooses to walk through the grass, they do so at their own risk. I guess if you are unable to shovel, put salt down, etc.....don't have the money to pay someone to shovel and don't have a friendly neighbor or friend to do so for you....you'll be out of luck and picking up your mail at the Post Office or waiting until the ice melts......I do not work for the USPS, but that is how they are going to play...so that's how it is.

-- Posted by always skeptical on Thu, Feb 25, 2010, at 9:06 AM

The building, bearing the inscription: "Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds," is a national historic landmark, and occupies two full city blocks. I guess this isn't in Indiana!!

-- Posted by almostfootballfree on Thu, Feb 25, 2010, at 12:01 PM

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