Mailbox safety concerns puzzle Delhi resident
Lorence Wiwchairyk of Brantford Road northeast of Delhi has had to collect his mail at the post office in Delhi since he relocated his mailbox to the end of his driveway last fall. Wiwchairyk says his mail box’s new location is safe but Canada Post officials disagree. MONTE SONNENBERG / SIMCOE REFORMER
Anyone wishing to relocate their roadside mailbox might want to touch base with Canada Post first.
If the federal Crown corporation doesn’t like the new location, they will stop delivering mail to your home.
That’s what happened to Lorence Wiwchairyk of 406 Brantford Road northeast of Delhi.
Last November, Wiwchairyk bought a colourful new mailbox and planted it at the end of his driveway.
In doing so, Wiwchairyk relocated his drop-off about 100 feet south from its previous location, which was next to a neighbour’s mail box.
Mail was delivered to the new location for a time. But then the deliveries stopped. Wiwchairyk has picked up his mail at the post office in Delhi ever since.
During a recent site visit, Wiwchairyk got out tape measure and demonstrated that the box is the proper height -- 45 inches -- according to specifications in a Canada Post pamphlet for rural mail delivery.
With the same tape measure, Wiwchairyk demonstrated that the box is about 15 feet away from the paved shoulder of Brantford Road. He says there is ample room here for a mail carrier to make a safe delivery.
“They say it’s unsafe,” Wiwchairyk said. “That’s crazy. It’s not on the travelled portion of the road by a long shot.
“I’ve been fighting with them for over a month and it’s getting to the point where I’m upset.”
The box may be the right height and well off the road. But by moving it, Wiwchairyk has created two stops along a busy road where before there was only one.
In response to a media inquiry, Canada Post says it has safety concerns about this situation. As such, Wiwchairyk will have to continue collecting his mail in Delhi until circumstances change.
“Canada Post and our safety committee work diligently to ensure the safety of our employees and customers,” Canada Post spokesperson Sylvie Lapointe says in an email.
“Following the safety review, the mailbox in question was moved to a location which met our safety requirements. However, Canada Post was made aware that the mailbox in question was moved back to the original, unsafe location.
“We have been communicating with the customer and hope we can resume delivery soon.”