Boxed In

A lengthy discussion took place at last night’s meeting about the woes of the loss of our convenient University Park post office. The building committee, after considerable preparatory investigation, proposed the purchase and installation of authorized lockboxes to be installed in the lobby by its entrance. It was stated that these are needed for the convenience of residents. Because of the post office’s new location at NW 24th Avenue and Savier Street on the other side of town, residents must now travel a fair distance to retrieve packages that could not be delivered.

Hello? If the package could not be delivered to your door for any reason then it cannot be delivered to a lockbox! Therefore, the trip to the post office would not be avoided. We just might be decorating our lobby with a new set of utilitarian metallic mailboxes with no advantage to residents. The convenience would be to the post office. The carrier could deposit all deliverable parcels to the lockboxes and eliminate the need to deliver to every door.

Once the new plan is in place, it cannot be reversed. That’s the way the post office works.

The preliminary estimated unbudgeted cost for authorized metallic lockboxes to grace our lobby entry is $2,000-3,000, “maybe more.”

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5 responses to “Boxed In

  1. But wait. Wouldn’t the mailman leave a key to the lockbox in your smaller mailbox and then you would use that key to open the bigger mailbox? On the other hand, what if more than one person receives such a delivery?

    • You are correct. There would be a key to a lockbox to retrieve a package.

      How many lockboxes do we need?

      • What happens if there aren’t enough lockboxes? With more and more online purchases, this could be a growing concern.
      • What happens if a package is too large and does not fit in a lockbox? Leaving such a package at a door has not been an issue, but the size limitation posed by a lockbox changes the playing field.

      And the list goes on.

      • When I worked in a big office building, we had a tiny mailbox in a wall of mailboxes about the size of yours, and there were either two or three of those big mailboxes. I have no idea what happens if you get a package bigger than those mailboxes, though!

        • And what happens when those big mailboxes are full? Are additional parcels brought back to the post office because they could not be delivered due to lack of available space?

          Also, once you put this system in place, you are stuck with it. What happens if we need more and more large mailboxes because of increased online shopping, for example? I suppose one answer would be to simply purchase additional boxes. But our lobby space is quite limited.

          I do not think anybody would be happy if their package(s) were not delivered because they are too big or lockbox availability was given to somebody else first.

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