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Delivery to community mailbox in Salmon River halted because of sinkhole


SALMON RIVER - After not receiving mail at his community box for more than a week and a half, Allen Shaw is getting a tad steamed.

"It's a bit ridiculous," the Blainedale Drive resident said of both the lack of mail service and also for having to wait five days before being notified of a change to the delivery.

"They've been delivering mail there all along, then all of a sudden, as of Monday (Aug. 24) we were no longer getting mail delivery there because they deemed it unsafe."

Forty two households are served by the two community boxes on Blainedale Drive and a notice posted at the site indicates that deliveries to the mailboxes has been halted because of a "safety concern" related to a sinkhole opening up at the location.

A sinkhole is evident at the location but Shaw said it has been there for at least six months and has not been an issue with mail delivery before now.

And he suggested there is lots of room around the sinkhole to safely park and place mail into the community boxes.

"Very ridiculous," Shaw said, of the reason for halting mail delivery. "Everybody else just pulls up beside it. There's no big deal ... there's lots of room there to pull up a vehicle."

In the meantime, he and other affected residents have to travel to Canada Post's location in the Truro Business Park to retrieve their mail.

"I get one cheque a month and it doesn't go far," he said, of his fixed-income situation, "especially when you've got to put extra gas in to run back and forth to the post office."

Area councillor Lloyd Gibbs said he agrees with Shaw's assessment.

"I don't really think there is a liability issue," Gibbs said. "I don't think there is sufficient reason for them not to deliver."

But Canada Post national spokesman John Caines said the decision to temporarily halt mail delivery to the site was made as a precaution against potentially putting a mail carrier in harm's way.

"The problem is, we don't know how much under that sinkhole is eroding away. So in our discussions with people down there they feel it is unsafe because you don't know when more of that ground is going to give way."

A work order has been issued to repair the site, he said, and it will be dealt with "as soon as we possibly can."

hsullivan@trurodaily.com

Twitter: @tdnharry

 

 

"It's a bit ridiculous," the Blainedale Drive resident said of both the lack of mail service and also for having to wait five days before being notified of a change to the delivery.

"They've been delivering mail there all along, then all of a sudden, as of Monday (Aug. 24) we were no longer getting mail delivery there because they deemed it unsafe."

Forty two households are served by the two community boxes on Blainedale Drive and a notice posted at the site indicates that deliveries to the mailboxes has been halted because of a "safety concern" related to a sinkhole opening up at the location.

A sinkhole is evident at the location but Shaw said it has been there for at least six months and has not been an issue with mail delivery before now.

And he suggested there is lots of room around the sinkhole to safely park and place mail into the community boxes.

"Very ridiculous," Shaw said, of the reason for halting mail delivery. "Everybody else just pulls up beside it. There's no big deal ... there's lots of room there to pull up a vehicle."

In the meantime, he and other affected residents have to travel to Canada Post's location in the Truro Business Park to retrieve their mail.

"I get one cheque a month and it doesn't go far," he said, of his fixed-income situation, "especially when you've got to put extra gas in to run back and forth to the post office."

Area councillor Lloyd Gibbs said he agrees with Shaw's assessment.

"I don't really think there is a liability issue," Gibbs said. "I don't think there is sufficient reason for them not to deliver."

But Canada Post national spokesman John Caines said the decision to temporarily halt mail delivery to the site was made as a precaution against potentially putting a mail carrier in harm's way.

"The problem is, we don't know how much under that sinkhole is eroding away. So in our discussions with people down there they feel it is unsafe because you don't know when more of that ground is going to give way."

A work order has been issued to repair the site, he said, and it will be dealt with "as soon as we possibly can."

hsullivan@trurodaily.com

Twitter: @tdnharry

 

 

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