By Gord Bowes, News staff
The city and Canada Post continue to work on possible locations for community mailboxes.
East Mountain councillor Tom Jackson toured his ward earlier this month, spending four hours with a city staff member and two representatives from the Crown corporation.
“Nothing has been finalized,” said John Caines of Canada Post. “They’re looking at possibilities, but a lot of investigation has to be done before we would announce those.”
Jackson said he believes Canada Post is sincere when it says it does not have a predetermined list of locations for the super boxes.
“From my end, the reps I’ve met with so far seem very genuine,” said Jackson. “I’m applauding them for spending the time to do this not once but as often as we need to do this to mitigate any negative impacts.”
The switch to super boxes is scheduled to occur in spring as part of Canada Post’s five-year phaseout of home delivery. On the Mountain and in upper Stoney Creek, residents of about 36,500 homes will be forced to trek to a communal box to collect their mail.
Jackson said during the tour he pointed out plaza and park sites that could accommodate the boxes, rather than in front of homes.
The councillor noted he was told by one resident who currently has a grey relay box on his front lawn that he did not want a community mailbox in front of his home.
”He felt he had done his time with that sacrifice,” said Jackson. “He made it loud and clear on one of our stops, ‘Tom, let somebody else take a turn.’ ”
“I think that kind of human story needed to be seen by the Canada Post reps.”
Jackson said he believes Canada Post will be returning with a list of possible sites in September.
Caine said there is no timeline for the roll out of the boxes, but residents will be consulted.
“Once we go to an area and do an assessment, then we’ll go back to the area where we’re looking at putting the boxes and we’ll have a consultation with the people who would be immediately affected,” he said.