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Residents on a Liberty street won’t lose home mail delivery

Published: Wed, July 16, 2014 @ 12:07 a.m.


USPS spokesman says letter was ‘sent out premature’

By David Skolnick



Arbor Circle residents, told by the U.S. Postal Service they were losing home mail delivery 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David Van Allen, a USPS spokesman in Cleveland, said the letter sent to Arbor Circle residents, dated Saturday, was “rescinded” Tuesday — the day The Vindicator reported on the issue — because it was “sent out premature.”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and discussion, the previous letter requesting you to either move your mailbox or obtain a post office box is rescinded.”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.

When he contacted local postal officials about the letter, Blumental said he was incorrectly told that the district office in Cleveland had made the decision.

The proposed halt of mail delivery on Arbor Circle stems from a postal carrier’s being attacked by a dog in November.

“The dog is still there and there is continuing frustration with it,” Van Allen said. “If a carrier feels menaced in a neighborhood, there can be a temporary delay in delivery until the issue is resolved.”

Blumental said there hasn’t been an issue with the dog since that November attack.

“No one on the street has seen that dog since November, and the owner got a P.O. box,” he said.

“The post office was punishing the entire street for one person. The question is: Are there other dogs on other streets that run wild and nothing happens there?”

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.

“It attracted attention,” he said. “Thank you for doing your part and helping bring attention to this.”

Liberty Trustee Jodi Stoyak said the article “spurred the post office to rescind” the letter.

Stoyak, who learned about the issue from Arbor Circle residents at Monday’s trustees meeting, said she was prepared to write a letter to the post office urging it to change the decision, but didn’t have much hope it would work.

“I was thrilled to learn about the decision,” she said. “It was strange that they made this decision because of the dog. Neighbors haven’t seen the dog since the bite. We wanted to try to help the residents. I think we got lucky on this one. But it’s a great happy ending.”


1DwightK(1537 comments)posted 2 years ago

Sounds like bureaucratic bullying. No one should be bitten but if the dog owner resolved the problem why was the letter sent? Just to teach people a lesson?

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2endthismess(464 comments)posted 2 years ago

Why wasn't the owner of this dog dealt with and told..get a PO BOX... which they apparently elected to do anyway......postal workers have a right to be safe as they can be on the job without question...but who was this big blowhard stuffed shirt...and why overreact 8 months latter? Was this carrier a girl/boy friend, so the "shirt" decided to "blow out" a big hefty punishment? NO wonder the US Postal Service is being swallowed up around here. Hats off to those postal carriers who continue to do a good job inspite of the US Postal Service's nonsense and their petty USPS rulings to waste more money and gas and then close up anyway. USPS is selling themselves right out of the very business they are in! They'll miss us all when there are no more routes for their workers! And.....I'll bet if this was not happening in Liberty Twp. this silly crap would not have come down the way this postal "shirt" blowhard tried to do. Sometimes you just can't fix stupid.

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3repeaters(314 comments)posted 2 years ago

I have read the articles pertaining to this crying towel, and there is something missing. WHERE is the compassion for the letter carrier, from either the residents, the township, and the Vindicator????

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4nipsy(161 comments)posted 2 years ago

Endthismess you are confused!! Congress created all of the postal services financial problems and congress is letting them die financially despite the efforts of the postal service to compete in this internet world.

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