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Post office orders Arbor Circle residents in Liberty to install curbside mail boxes

Published: Mon, July 14, 2014 @ 10:16 p.m.


The Youngstown Post Office told township neighbors on Arbor Circle Saturday it was stopping their home mail delivery Monday unless they had curbside mailboxes in place by then.

Approximately 20 people appealed for help to the township trustees at their Monday meeting.

“I talked to the secretary of the post office today,” Arbor Circle resident Josh Blumental told the board. “They said there’s nothing we can do. Cleveland has made a decision and it’s done. Is there anything the township can do?”

Trustees said they have no control over the post office, but they can complain to state senators and representatives along with U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan.

The abrupt discontinuance of delivery to porch mailboxes for Arbor Circle residents is because of “several unfortunate events regarding the dogs” at one of the houses in the 400 block of the street, according to a letter from the Youngstown Post Office to residents. It is dated July 12.

“Action has been taken by your mail carrier to avoid any possible harm to her person or the mail,” the letter reads. “The safety of our mail carriers is most important to us, thus this action is being taken.”

Residents have to go to the main post office to pick up their mail. They have to rent a post office box or install a curbside box by July 31, or their mail will be “returned to sender.”

The letter was signed by George Augustine, supervisor of customer service support. Trustee Jodi Stoyak said she spoke with Augustine and wanted details about the events that involved the dogs.

In November, a mail carrier was mauled by a dog in the neighborhood while delivering mail to a porch mailbox.

The owner was cited, and three days later, she got a post office box, said Police Chief Rich Tisone. Her dogs are never outside, neighbors said. Some said they believe their mail carrier saw another dog, which was on a chain, that she did not feel was secured well enough.

He said that the letter alludes to incidents regarding dogs, but there have been no reports filed with police since the November attack.

“This dog is never seen outside,” Tisone said. “And she discontinued her delivery service three days after the attack, and we have had no other reports. So you can come to your own conclusions about what the motives are. We were as shocked as you are,” Tisone told the residents.

Residents said they are concerned for people who are elderly or disabled and can’t install their curbside boxes. Stoyak said she will check with Trumbull County Senior Services to see if help is available.


1NilesOhio(865 comments)posted 1 year, 1 month ago

I have a feeling a bit target was painted on the back of the one resident with dogs. The whole street is a "400 block" so someone isn't doing much homework.

The judgment of some postal workers makes me question motives. Let's face it, they'd much rather drive than walk. We had a male mail carrier that shrieked and jumped in his truck when a neighbor's tiny little poodle barked. It was inside the house behind a closed screen door, too. I mean this thing couldn't break skin if you let it have your leg for an hour. So this whole thing should have been confirmed by someone neutral to the whole situation instead of just taking the mail carrier's word for it.

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2janeyblue3(75 comments)posted 1 year, 1 month ago

My mail carrier is afraid of my 20 year old blind shih to u with no teeth, and she is behind a fence. The worst she can do is bump into her and get slobber all over her. I have know of a carrier 30 plus years ago who sprayed a neighbors dog through the screen door.
Mail carriers are not the only guilty parties. We had a dog pepper sprayed by a meter reader while he was in his fenced back yard. 18 feet away from the meter. There are idiots and rotten humans everywhere.

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3IMHO(1 comment)posted 1 year, 1 month ago

It only takes one bite to make someone fear dogs and any dog with teeth can bite. Don't think for a minute than a screen door will stop a dog. I've seen a dog shatter a storm door to go after a mailman.

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4janeyblue3(75 comments)posted 1 year, 1 month ago

I've been bitten. So what? I have four dogs. Get over it and stop crying.

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5NilesOhio(865 comments)posted 1 year, 1 month ago

@IMHO - Sure, any dog can bite. Any person can bite, and one did actually bite a mailman a year or two back.

This, like too many other things, has been carried to an extreme. If you're afraid of dogs, then don't sign up to be a mail carrier. Frankly, it's part of the job whether anyone wants to admit it or not.

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