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Postal Service urging customers to clear snow, ice from sidewalks, stairs & mailboxes

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U.S. Postal Service

MILWAUKEE (WITI) — With more snow expected to blanket the region during the next couple days, one seasonal tool is expected to make its return at homes and businesses – the shovel. To help letter carriers deliver mail for the holidays, the Postal Service is asking customers to clear snow and ice from sidewalks, stairs and mailboxes.

“Snow and ice make delivery dangerous and slow,” said A/Milwaukee Postmaster A.R. “Bob” Odell.  “Maintaining a clear path to the mail box – including steps, porches, walkways and street approach – will help letter carriers maintain consistent delivery service and help them get those cards and packages delivered in time for the holidays.”

Customers receiving door delivery should make sure their sidewalks, steps and porches are clear.  Customers receiving curbside delivery should remove snow piles left by snow plows to keep access to their mailboxes clear for letter carriers.

Delivery service may be delayed or curtailed whenever streets or walkways present hazardous conditions for letter carriers or when snow is plowed against mailboxes. “The Postal Service curtails delivery only after careful consideration, and only as a last resort,” says Odell.  “Any curtailed mail is attempted the next delivery day.”

Blue collection boxes also need to be kept clear for our customers to deposit their mail and for the Postal Service to collect the mail for delivery.  Residents and businesses with collection boxes near their property are asked to keep them clear of snow and ice. “We want our letter carriers to be safe,” adds Odell. “We can only do this with the help of our customers.”

The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.


  • Terrence

    I served in Iraq and Afghanistan several times and am now a letter carrier with the USPS. Wintertime conditions make this job every bit as tough as I experienced in the middle east. Go easy on the boys and girls wearing the red, white, and blue brother!

  • Jasmin

    Your comment is strange, ignorant maybe. It’s a matter of safety and cost too, should someone fall. People should clean their stairs, sidewalks, etc.

      • Richard

        It would surprise you how many people still get paper bills, along with notices from courts, lawyers among others. We know who is cheating on their spouses. We see everything!

  • commoncourtesy

    If the postman would start using my clean sidewalks and quite walking through my snow filled yard this might not be as much of an issue.

  • George Locke

    I thought that neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night, nor any other weather-related inconvenience, could hinder our valiant postal employees from delivering the mail. I guess that was a slogan for a different era.

    • Mike B

      They didn’t say they wouldn’t deliver the mail. They are asking property owners to do their part to help the carriers deliver it safely and promptly. But then maybe you failed reading comprehension and just didn’t understand.

      • eatpoop

        The fat and lazy postal carrier’s in my area can hardly deliver the mail in the rain next it will be something like it is to sunny and uv danger is to high screw the union post office it is no longer needed its bankrupt and a black hole a burden the USA tax payer could go without

    • hitherebob

      that is not a postal service moto, you need to look it up.
      it just says that on a freaking building.
      there are many weather days they will call in their employees from bad weather or not make them go out. safety is first over your lame mail you really don’t want or need

  • Richard

    Well with that attitude we’ll have to divert some of your mail! We know all about you and your family thru your mail and just may tell your neighbors. Oh what your bills arrived late! Too bad!

  • Paul

    Wow. You know, if you think the job is that simple and that they (USPS workers) live like kings, then why don’t you take the job and live life like a king yourself. I bet you (literally and figuratively) couldn’t walk a mile in their shoes.

  • MortGoldman

    Just like a normal citizen that falls and gets injured on your property, you could be paying lots of money to that person in a lawsuit. Would be too bad if the USPS had to sue you for injuries incurred on your property.

    • Beachbumct

      usps doesn’t really sue anyone, they leave it to the individual then try and recoup their money from that settlement..

  • rob

    When I lived on Long Island in NY if we did not clear a path to the mailbox they did not have to drop the mail and we did that for safety reasons anyway, if someone slipped they could sue you.

    • Mike B

      You’re right. Some people don’t understand their responsibility as a home owner not to mention common courtesy.

    • Guest Guess

      Sounds like a time for the robotic and drone mail carriers….cheap and can navigate the snow and ice. A sensor on your mail box transmitting your address and location, drones homes in on it and leaves your mail. see it soon. Also more robots sorting mail. Bar codes are easy for ol’ ” red eye”.

  • Mike B

    Hey “buttercup”, go take the test and maybe you can become a productive member of society instead of sitting in your mommies basement and posting comments on the net.

  • Attm Motob

    The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations
    U.S. Postal Service back for record $14 billion subsidy

    The “private Postal Service has never relied on its sales. Its expenses are always mostly/partially paid by the taxpayer.
    It has a monopoly on mail delivery, pays its employs more than they’re worth, and congress will not let them dissolve the Union so they are left with uncontrollable expenses and it is correct that congress make up the deficit that they help cause!

    • grannybunny

      USPS has not received a taxpayer subsidy in decades. In fact, it has been forced to “bail out” the taxpayers, as the result of a 2006 Congressional mandate requiring it to prefund 75 years’ worth of future retiree health benefits within 10 years, a draconian requirement to which no other entity — public or private — has ever been subject. Congress spent the resulting $52+ billion for non-Postal items that would otherwise have to be funded by the taxpayers. Prior to the prefunding mandate, USPS was debt-free and profitable.

    • Steve

      AND supervisors and post masters steal from the postal service and abuse employees They spend the services money stalking employees driving around on company time stalking employees. They are a bunch of coward stalkers that use their friends, employees and the postal services money to go around town spying on people and their families and intimidate them AND giving employee private information and identities to their friends to join in on stalking employees. The postal service needs a deep cleaning of the scum it employees, especially in palm Desert california and near by post offices.

    • Beachbumct

      ice spikes aren’t very conducive to walking in and out of buildings. One girls I know slipped in a school entrancemway and shattered her wrist…still wondering how that suit will settle

  • Beachbumct

    however, the federal Government has been skimming billions off the top of the USPS operating budget for years to the tune of upwards of 100 BILLION dollars..like it did with Social security funds

  • Shrugged

    The article was posted January 5th but uses a quote from the Post Officer referring to the holiday mail volume as the reason to clean sidewalks, What holiday are they referring to?? I don’t think there is much mail volume in cards and packages for Martin Luther King Day . . . . .

  • Steve

    You want mail carriers to be safe investigate the postal service employees, supervisors, post masters and their friends especially in Palm Desert California!

  • visitor

    it does little good to do so when the city just plows snow right back into the area in front of the mail boxes that I just shoveled out. Sorry USPS.

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