The United States Post Office in Elkhart incorrectly notified residents that their mail deliveries will be suspended if they do not move their mailboxes by the street.
USPS media liaison Mary Dando said in an e-mail to The Elkhart Truth that there is no requirement to move mailboxes to the side of street for curbside delivery. Dando added that the postmaster “meant well, but he worded the letter very badly.”
Facebook user Terry Houston posted a picture of the USPS notice on The Elkhart Truth’s Facebook page. The notice states that “Postal regulations require customers to provide and erect at their own expense rural mail boxes which meet official standards.” It added that Houston’s mailbox was “too far from the road” and requested that he “please place a mailbox by the street for curbside delivery”.
Dando has yet to confirm whether Houston’s notice is what the United States Post Office in Elkhart sent out to residents.
The notice comes days before the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform debated a proposed law what would end door-to-door delivery in favor of communal or curbside boxes. Estimates show that communal or curbside delivery would save USPS $2 billion annually, as reported by PBS.
“It is true that the Postal Service is undergoing great financial challenge and we look at every opportunity to implement efficiencies in our service, but our No. 1 priority is always our customers and our goal is to deliver excellent service every time.” Dando said in an e-mail.