Rural mailbox review concerns deputy warden

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Canada Post will receive a letter from Municipality of Digby asking them to meet with council concerning reviews taking place on rural communities.

Deputy warden Jimmy MacAlpine wants to meet with corporation officials before they conduct a review of rural mail delivery in Digby County.

Delivery drivers for Canada Post used to be on contract, but recently became employees of Canada Post and MacAlpine says that change was followed by complaints about safety issues.

He also noted Canada Post recently added flashing lights to their vehicles as a safety measure, but because of complaints they are reviewing where all stops are made. “I know with talking to some other municipal people in Nova Scotia there’s been major issues on what’s taking place. For example, in one place two mailboxes side by side had one approved and the other was rejected,” said MacAlpine.

Sometimes if an area has multiple rejected sites, alternative ways of retrieving mail must be created, which is something MacAlpine wants to look at before any review in this area.

The safety review as outlined on Canada Post’s website includes several factors that are measured at each rural mailbox such as speed of passing traffic, volume of traffic, sight lines to mail boxes, shoulder width, number of lanes, type of centre line marking, any legal restrictions and if the mail vehicle can stop completely off the road.

If a mailbox location is deemed as a risk, the owner will be advised in person and alternate delivery methods will be decided such as through a community mailbox or a free postal box at a local office.

Organizations: Canada Post

Geographic location: Digby County, Nova Scotia

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