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USPS: Clear snow from mailboxes

February 5, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — With yet another major snowstorm blanketing the region, shoveling snow will once again become an area past time.

To help letter carriers deliver mail speedily and safely, the United State Postal Service is asking customers to clear snow and ice from sidewalks, stairs and mailboxes.

“Snow and ice make delivery dangerous and slow,” said Columbia City Postmaster Ted Baker. “Maintaining a clear path to the mailbox — including steps, porches, walkways and street approach — will help letter carriers maintain consistent delivery service and help them get letters and packages delivered on time.”

Customers receiving door delivery should make sure their sidewalks, steps and porches are clear. Customers receiving curbside delivery should remove snow piles left by snow plows to keep access to their mailboxes clear for letter carriers.

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 Postal Service curtails delivery only after careful consideration, and only as a last resort,” Baker said. “Any curtailed mail is attempted the next delivery day.”

Blue collection boxes also need to be kept clear for our customers to deposit their mail and for the Postal Service to collect the mail for delivery. Residents and businesses with collection boxes near their property are asked to keep them clear of snow and ice.

“We want our letter carriers to be safe,” added Baker. “We can only do this with the help of our customers.

The USPS receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.

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