Herald JournalHerald Journal, Oct. 13, 2003

Winsted puts moratorium on cluster mailboxes

By Julie Yurek

Winsted residents who qualify to get their mail delivered curbside are no longer required to be in a grouping of at least four and no more than six.

The city council declared a moratorium on cluster mailboxes to clear up the miscommunication between the city and local post office Tuesday. Residents have been told by post office employees that mailboxes are not allowed in the city, which was not true, said City Administrator Brent Mareck. Single mailboxes were not allowed until now.

The moratorium should allow residents to put up mailboxes on their property instead of in a cluster. The previous postmaster required the cluster of at least four mailboxes, Mareck said.

The city doesn't want to stop people from getting their mail, said Mayor Don Guggemos.

The council will begin work on a new ordinance soon, he added.

Qualifying residents must submit a request to post office and receive approval as to where and which side of the street the mailbox can go on.

Residents who live more than a quarter mile from the post office have the option to put up a curbside mailbox. Those who live within a quarter mile of the post office must receive their mail at the post office, but they are entitled to a free standard-sized box, according to the post office.

Residents may ask to see the quarter mile designation at the post office.

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