Arbor Circle residents, told by the U.S. Postal Service they were losing home mail delivery on Aug. 1 unless they had curbside boxes installed, are keeping the service.
David Van Allen, a USPS spokesman in Cleveland, said the letter sent to Arbor Circle residents, dated Saturday, was “rescinded” Tuesday — the day The Vindicator reported on the issue — because it was “sent out premature.”
When asked to clarify his statement, Van Allen said the Youngstown office made the decision without consulting the district office in Cleveland.
In a Tuesday letter to customers on Arbor Circle, George Augustine, the USPS customer service supervisor in Youngstown, wrote: “After further consideration and discussion, the previous letter requesting you to either move your mailbox or obtain a post office box is rescinded.” It fails to mention the local post office making the decision without the approval of the district office.
Josh Blumental, an Arbor Circle resident, said he and others who live on the Liberty Township street “were blindsided by” the Saturday letter.
The proposed halt of mail delivery on Arbor Circle stems from a postal carrier’s being attacked by a dog in November.
Blumental credits The Vindicator for playing a role in getting the post office to rescind the letter by writing an article in Tuesday’s edition.
Read more about the decisions in Wednesday's Vindicator or on Vindy.com.