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Ky. neighborhood, government at odds over mail


BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) -- A historic neighborhood in southern Kentucky is at odds with the U.S. Postal Service over the location of mailboxes at the homes.

The Postal Service wants residents in the Bowling Green neighborhood to place mailboxes by the street near their homes instead of receiving letters and packages at their doors.

But, Robert L. Warwick, who lives in the neighborhood, told The Bowling Green Daily News that the proposal endangers some residents, who would have to cross the street.

"This would destroy the historical character of the neighborhood," Warwick said. "That means older people are going to have to cross the street to get the mail if it even can be delivered, and people absolutely fly down the street."

The dispute started when the Postal Service sent letters to about 300 residences in the neighborhood, telling them that by Jan. 15, new mailboxes needed to be installed at the street and stand 42 to 45 inches above the street surface.

"The mail box has to be able to be serviced from the vehicle and not blocked by other vehicles or items at any time," said the letter from Postmaster Jennifer L. Doane.

Mayor Elaine Walker said putting mailboxes on the street is a problem because on-street parking is common on those streets because many people don't have driveways.

"We have no plans to eliminate on-street parking," Walker said.

Walker and County Attorney Amy Milliken said they plan to contact Doane about her letter Monday. Doane could not be reached for comment Friday.

Magistrate Doc Kaelin, whose district includes the affected streets, said his concern rests not only in the street parking issue but in the safety of older residents who live in the area.

The route is currently considered an auxiliary route, but with the change would have a full-time carrier assigned to it. Doane's letter said the change would be "mutually beneficial to both you and the Postal Service."

Warwick, who receives his mail in a brass mailbox on his front porch, said he'll continue to fight the change.

"This needs to be stopped now," Warwick said.

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