Monday, September 8, 2008

Home Mail Delivery - Changes (May be) Coming!

Could it be that the days of going to the Post Office to get our mail are coming to a close? Perhaps, if the US Postal Service has their way.

Our mailboxes come up for renewal every year. The Postal Service is now requiring the owner of a free Post Office Box (e.g. most of us in Tatamy) to fill out a "Request for Rural Delivery" application which, if approved by the Postal Service, will require residents to install a rural type mailbox by the curb. Because the Postal Service will only provide one free method of mail delivery for each of their clients, if you are approved for rural delivery but want to keep your PO Box, you'll be required to pay for it. I'm not sure what the fee is (maybe $50/year?) but will find out.

Personally, I don't have a clue how this will work for those of us in town. There's no way the Postal Service will be able to drive down Broad, High or Main Streets in their Jeep delivering mail to each resident's box. Will they make us install cluster boxes? Will our applications for rural delivery service even be approved? These are all questions that I'm sure we're all going to have. I'll try to get more information and update the blog when I have it. For now I guess it's "stay tuned".