By Abigail Cukier
Residents of Highland Road who still receive home mail delivery are fighting Canada Post's decision to cut it off – but they may be too late.
The residents, who are on a small stretch on the south side of the road west of Cityview Drive, received a letter at the end of October informing them their mail would be delivered to a community mailbox.
Canada Post said the road had become too dangerous for delivery personnel.John Caines, a spokesperson for Canada Post said the organization is undergoing a review by outside traffic experts of its 843,000 rural mailbox sites. The study looks at issues such as speed,volume, sightlines and vehicle position.
The residents were informed they would have no say in the location of the community mailbox.
Resident Taura Caroscio collected names for a petition and expressed their concerns to Ward 9 councillor Brad Clark.
Some residents are seniors and do not drive. As well, the road has no sidewalks on the south side and residents already complain about the dangers of crossing the street due to speeding vehicles.
Clark informed the residents that Canada Post had not consulted with the City of Hamilton. He had planned to report to Canada Post the results of the recent ROPA 9 traffic study. The study recommends bringing a bicycle lane to the streetand parking on one side.
"This will slow down traffic drastically," Clark said."Giving the statistical data to Canada Post on how traffic flow will improve will hopefully reverse the decision."
But last week, Caroscio saw community mailboxes being installed on the street. And on Nov. 19, the Canada Post letter carrier told her they were for residents.
Caroscio has contacted Niagara West-Glanbrook MP Dean Allison's office to look into the matter.