One hundred and twenty-five Granbury residents who have had mail delivered to their door have been asked to place mailboxes curbside. Doing so reduces costs and increases efficiency, according to postal officials.
In a written statement provided to the Hood County News, U.S. Postal Service spokesman Sam Bolen explained that the Postal Service has been “reevaluating and consolidating mail processing and delivery operations nationwide to save money on overhead, transportation costs and delivery costs.”
As of Wednesday, 123 of the 125 Granbury customers had complied with the request, he said.
Bolen explained the reasons behind the move after Granbury resident Debra Davis phoned the Hood County News about it. Davis said she had received a “final notice” letter stating that she had until Nov. 23 to place a mailbox by the curb, or else her mail delivery would be stopped.
Davis was upset over the letter because she said she had been out of town and was unaware of the new requirement. She said she phoned the Granbury post office and was told that her mail would be held for a few days, but then would be sent back if she didn’t claim it.
When told about Davis’ situation, Bolen said that her mail would not be returned.
According to Bolen, the Postal Service estimates that each door delivery costs approximately $358 annually, while curb delivery runs about $228. As well, being able to remain in the vehicle increases safety for mail carriers.
Bolen noted that one of the Granbury customers who had been asked to install a mailbox at the curb has been granted a hardship exception, and will continue to receive door delivery.
On Nov. 15, the U.S. Postal Service announced that it ended the 2012 fiscal year with a record net loss of almost $16 billion.
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