Published: Sunday, 11 January 2015 22:08
Community Association presidents from across Ward 9 met with representatives from Canada Post before Christmas to discuss the installation of community mailboxes in our Nepean communities.
Many residents received a survey from Canada Post in the mail last fall. The survey results are being used to identify and locate potential sites in our community. However, Canada Post has committed to holding at least one public consultation meeting for our community this spring, before the community box locations are finalized. We are also hoping to meet with the coordinator before they bring forward their draft proposal, so we can avoid any obvious conflicts before we get started. Supposedly, they have had to make a large number (80) of location changes to community mail boxes in the community of Beaverbrook in Kanata, the first community in Ottawa to undergo this transition.
Canada Post's target date for completion of the community mailbox installations is October 19, 2015. Coincidently, October 19, 2015 is also the fixed date for the next Federal election. We expect to see the first draft of box locations in March, with public consultations taking place in either April or May.
Here are some of the things we learned:
- Community mailboxes will not be installed near utilities, bus stops, etc.
- Although providing lighting is not part of their mandate, Canada Post is committed to installing community mailboxes near existing lighting.
- No more than three modules of mail boxes will be grouped together in any one location.
- Each module contains 16 mailboxes, although they are not always filled with 16 boxes. Sometimes there are less.
- Packages that don't fit into the mail slot will have a special compartment. If they don't fit in the compartment, they will be hand delivered to your door. If you are not home, the package will be left at the nearest Post Office, which for us is at Shoppers DrugMart.
- If you are handicapped, ill or just unable to fetch your mail from a community mail box you can apply to have your mail delivered to your home once a week.
- To get medical accommodation for home delivery, you need to apply individually and have a letter from your doctor. Forms can be obtained from Canada Post's website.
- Community mailboxes will be installed near sidewalks if possible.
- If a new walk area, curb cuts or retaining wall is required to accommodate an installation on a grade (hill), Canada Post will build it.
- Canada Post will not provide recycling or garbage bin at community mailboxes. They say junk mail is not an issue but also maintain that it is the responsibility of each resident to recycle junk mail at home.
- All locations are built with a slight grade in order to allow for water run off.
- All sites will be handicap accessible.
- Canada Post has agreed to share their survey results from our neighbourhoods with each Community Association and the public.