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Eagle seeks home mail delivery

Kathy Heicher
Special to the Daily/David L'HeureuxCongestion at the Eagle post office is prompting a call for home mail delivery.

EAGLE – There’s certain times of the day when a trip to the Eagle Post Office involves more than a little fortitude … and courage.During peak hours, traffic backs up three vehicles deep onto Chambers Avenue. The parking lot, with drivers backing out on both sides, requires extra caution. Then, there’s the lines at the counter.”It is good that it is busy from a retail perspective … but from the perspective of traffic, it makes it quite hairy, especially on peak hours,” Postmaster Sam McGibbon says.

Traffic congestion at the post office is a key factor in the town of Eagle’s decision to file a formal request for home delivery of mail. Town officials have been discussing the growing problems with congestion at the Post Office since 2002, Town Planner Bill Gray said. In November, 2003, the town studied traffic patterns and circulation at the post office, and forwarded the results to the agency, along with suggestions for short-term solutions, such as redesigning the parking lot. The study also examined long-term options, such as establishing a satellite post office at Eagle Ranch, moving the post office into downtown Eagle, use of “cluster” boxes for mail delivery to neighborhoods, and home delivery. That study never got a definitive answer from the U.S. Postal Service. An visit by regional postal service officials last December was likely the impetus for the home delivery request. Town leaders joined the officials in watching traffic congestion build up over the busy noon hour. The parking lot quickly filled, cars backed up on to Chambers Avenue, and post office customers had to execute some careful driving maneuvers to get out of the parking lot unscathed.

“It was the first time the bosses had actually seen the very problems we were talking about,” Gray says.”We have close calls” McGibbon adds, “but thankfully no fender benders really occur.”Up until about 20 years ago, the post office was located in downtown Eagle. The post office moved to Chambers Avenue despite some heavy lobbying from the Town Board, which wanted to keep the facility downtown.

Cordillera recently successfully petitioned for home delivery. The town of Vail has had home delivery and cluster boxes for years. “Door to door delivery is very much in keeping with Eagle’s self concept,” Eagle Mayor Jon Stavney said. Vail, Colorado

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