Saturday, September 29, 2007

OK for carriers to cross lawn

Apparenting there's a big flap in Monroe, Wisconsin over a mail carrier leaving his foot print on a recently seal-coated driveway.

According to the Monroe Times, "Lawn crossing is one of the core agreements governed by the national contract between the United States Postal Service (USPS) and the national letter carriers union. "

"...letter carriers are expected to cross lawns while making deliveries if the customers do not object and there are no particular hazards to the carrier. In most cases, delivery can be made more quickly when carriers are permitted to cross lawns, especially in suburban development."

However, Monroe Postmaster Dawn Obermann is quoted as saying the agreement doesn't include cutting across newly seeded lawns or newly coated driveways.

The mail carrier apologized but the homeowners are still ticked-off.

The article reports, "There are three ways customers can prevent a mail carrier from cutting across a lawn: by submitting a signed letter to the post office, putting a note in the mailbox or calling the USPS at (800) 275-8777. "

To read the entire article, click here.
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posted by Don Schilling at 6:29 PM