Changes planned for mail delivery
MATTAWA – Residents of Mattawa will benefit from door-to-door mail delivery, with the goal of launching mail routes by the end of the year, and a second carrier route will be added to Desert Aire.
Thomas MacDougall, postmaster for Mattawa and Royal City, said on Friday the post office was working with Mattawa city officials to verify addresses within city limits and plan delivery routes.
“We will deliver,” he said.
Speaking to Mattawa City Council on Thursday, MacDougall estimated it would take about three months to verify all addresses and an additional three months to hire and train carriers.
Home delivery is available in Desert Aire and rural areas with addresses in Mattawa, but not within city limits. Mattawa has a contract office, with PO boxes, but it’s not an official post office, MacDougall said.
About 1,000 boxes are available at the contracts office, he said, and that is not enough for the current population of Mattawa.
Two transport routes are planned for Mattawa, in addition to the new route in the Desert Aire area.
MacDougall said one option is to put a bank of lockable mailboxes in every neighborhood, but it’s expensive. The other is for residents to set up their own mailboxes. Postal officials have not yet decided to install neighborhood boxes, he said. Owners of apartment complexes and mobile home parks will be required to set up mailbox banks for their residents, he said.
Mattawa is growing, and postal managers need to find ways to accommodate that growth, MacDougall said. The city has outgrown the location of the contract, but a separate post office for Mattawa is not under consideration at this time. This has been discussed, MacDougall said, but so far there is no plan for it.
Mail delivery is also changing, he said. People send and receive fewer letters and bulk mail, but they order and receive a lot of packages. The safes have room for some packages, but some will be too big or the safe may already be full. In this case, the packages will be left at home, he said. Residents will be encouraged to take precautions against theft of packages.
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