Scores report days without mail delivery (copy) | Local
Dozens of local residents say they don’t get their mail every day, and some report going days at a time without mail delivery.
On Thursday, September 9, The Daily Advance asked readers on Facebook if their U.S. Postal Service mail arrived later than usual or sometimes did not arrive until the next day. As of 4:45 p.m., the question had garnered more than 130 responses from residents across northeastern North Carolina.
“If they say it’s going to happen in two days, expect a week,” replied a Camden County resident. “If they say a week, expect two. Mail is the worst here.
“No mail last week for 4 days,” said a woman who lives in the Nixoton area.
US Postal Service spokesperson Philip J. Bogenberger said UPS is investing in hiring additional staff to ensure mail delivery. He said UPS is actively recruiting at the moment in all areas, including Elizabeth City.
“From January 2021 to January 2022, we plan to hire approximately 100,000 career, part-time and seasonal employees for a variety of positions including carriers, clerks, plant workers and more,” said Bogenberger.
While COVID-19 may affect staffing levels in the short term, Bogenberger attributed the current hiring surge to “normal attrition” and a seasonal need for more employees.
“This number covers normal attrition and our peak holiday season,” Bogenberger said. “This effort is part of our Delivering for America plan, whereby the Postal Service is investing $ 40 billion over 10 years in infrastructure and our people. We plan to hire over 40,000 employees for the peak season. The Elizabeth City Post Office and most state post offices are hiring for the holiday season. “
For readers answering the Facebook question, more postal staff to ensure mail delivery earlier in the day and every day cannot arrive early enough.
“It’s late at 6 p.m. or later on the days the carrier is operating,” said a resident of Rocky Hock, Chowan County, describing their courier delivery. “Sometimes they don’t deliver the mail if the regular carrier is away for sick days or vacation. Sometimes we’re going to run out of mail one or two days a week.
Nathan Kohan, regional director of audience development for Adams Publishing Group Eastern North Carolina, which publishes The Daily Advance, tracks the number of complaints the newspaper receives when there is no mail delivery. The Daily Advance switched its subscription delivery service to the U.S. Postal Service in September 2020.
In the first eight days of September, there were 135 such complaints, Kohan said. In previous months, there were 381 in August; 284 in July; 207 in June; 183 in May; 175 in April; and 216 in March.
Some of the comments submitted to Facebook on Thursday afternoon specifically mentioned Daily Advance delivery.
“No mail or The Daily Advance on the supposed day for 3 days last week; received 2 of the newspapers delivered a few days late; 1 day never received,” said a reader from Newland. “This week no mail or paper Wednesday We’ll see for today, nothing for now.
Other respondents reported having problems delivering mail to Mt. Hermon and the communities of Pasquotank along Peartree, Blount and Okisko highways. Still others have reported delivery problems on Main, Cedar and Maple streets in Elizabeth City, Weeksville and the town of Hertford.
Ruth Ward, who lives in Peartree Place, was asked about mail delivery as she walked through the parking lot of the Dollar General Store on Weeksville Road.
Ward said she hasn’t lived in Elizabeth City for very long, but noticed she hadn’t received any mail at her home on Wednesday. The letter carriers also did not pick up the mail she had placed outside in her box.
“I’m not complaining,” Ward said. “I just wonder what happened.”
Mike Brown, who lives on Perry Street in Elizabeth City, said his mail was delivered every other day or so.
“I thought it was supposed to be on time,” said Brown, who was pumping gasoline at Handee-Hugo’s on Halstead Boulevard. “It just doesn’t make sense.”