Union Bridge bill would ban mailboxes on Main Street jTC Residents unable to get home delivery

June 23, 1998|By Mary Gail Hare | Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF

Main Street residents in Union Bridge will probably continue daily treks to the post office to collect their mail.

The Town Council introduced an bill last night that would prohibit mailboxes along the narrow, heavily traveled street. Without boxes, there can be no home delivery.

The proposed law also would prohibit newspaper boxes or "any units not attached to the house," said Mayor Perry L. Jones Jr.

"With all the traffic and cars parking on one side of the street, it is just too tight to add mail boxes," Jones said. "It is not a question of whether residents prefer them or not. There's just no place for them."

The council will hold a public hearing on the legislation before voting on it at the July meeting, the mayor said.

The U.S. Postal Service says that every resident should have free mail delivery. For Main Street residents, that might mean free boxes at the post office on Primrose Avenue. Most pick up their mail daily.

Mary-Margaret Myers, a Main Street resident for 27 years, said she does not mind the trip to the post office.

"I would prefer a slot on the house, but the boxes are unsightly," Myers said.

In rural areas such as Union Bridge, carriers deliver mail by truck. There are no postal workers on foot who could drop mail into a box attached to the home.

A postal worker making the rounds drives along Main Street daily, but does not stop at those residences from Route 75 to the southern edge of town.

"The driver won't get out and deliver mail to the door," said Jones.

Other residents of the town's main thoroughfare said they understood the rationale for the legislation.

"I don't mind going to the post office only a block away," said Joy Bowman. "It is no big deal. I usually just go on my way home."

Anna Bair said mailboxes would only worsen a dangerous traffic situation.

Pub Date: 6/23/98

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