More snow on the way; Post Office asks residents to keep paths clear

• Total accumulations expected to reach 2-6 inches

Online Staff Report

In a few hours, snow will begin falling throughout the region, and is expected to continue into tomorrow. With accumulations expected to reach between 2-6 inches, the Postal Service reminds customers to make sure their sidewalks, stairs and porches are clear to ensure safe and timely mail delivery.

Snow and ice make delivery dangerous and slow,” said Rockford Postmaster Steve Schwalenberg. “Maintaining a clear path to the mail box — including steps, porches, walkways and street approach — will help letter carriers maintain consistent delivery service and help them get those cards and packages delivered in time for the holidays.”

Customers receiving door delivery should make sure their sidewalks, steps and porches are clear. Customers receiving curbside delivery should remove snow piles left by snow plows to keep access to their mailboxes clear for letter carriers.

Delivery service may be delayed or curtailed whenever streets or walkways present hazardous conditions for letter carriers or when snow is plowed against mailboxes.

The Postal Service curtails delivery only after careful consideration, and only as a last resort,” said Schwalenberg. “Any curtailed mail is attempted the next delivery day.”

Blue collection boxes also need to be kept clear for customers to deposit their mail and for the Postal Service to collect the mail for delivery. Residents and businesses with collection boxes near their property are asked to keep them clear of snow and ice.

We want our letter carriers to be safe,” Schwalenberg said. “We can only do this with the help of our customers.”

The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.

Posted Jan. 5, 2015

One thought on “More snow on the way; Post Office asks residents to keep paths clear

  • Jan 5, 2015 at 8:27 pm

    Please for give the following tirade: Sometimes the City of Rockford’s contracted pickup trucks shove the areas around the mailboxes back up with snow. If they would plow to the curb like they do “main” arterials, then those areas would be cleared. Sunday, we snowblowed twice to make sure our sidewalks, drive and mailbox area were cleared. I watched these HUGE snowplows with two blades emaculately clear Applewood Lane from curb to curb. But when the City’s contracted pickup truck snowplowers came down the other streets, they came nowhere NEAR the curbs…more like the width of a car away from the curbs so our driveways and mailbox areas are filled back up. So the post office needs to realize that most of us probably DO clear the areas and leave for work or errands and the city contractors, don’t do a proper job of cleaning the streets and the areas are dangerous again!!! I am SO disgusted with these “contracted” pickup trucks snowplowing ESPECIALLY with the taxes we pay in our area!!! Yes, if we call our councilman, he does get it plowed better but we can’t call EVERY TIME it snows, these contractors should know WHAT is expected and JUST DO WHAT THEY ARE BEING PAID TO DO!!

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