Town To Install Temporary Mailboxes On Clarendon Avenue

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By / Local News / Wednesday, 17 September 2014 00:00

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CAROLINA BEACH - The Town of Carolina Beach is installing temporary mailboxes along Clarendon Avenue during an ongoing infrastructure project to address issues with mail delivery.
Recently a resident communicated to Town officials they discovered by chance that mail was not being delivered and the U.S. Postal Service had deemed the residential street "unsafe" due to the infrastructure project. Additionally, that designation would continue through November.
Clarendon Avenue resident Amy Hooker wrote to Council members on September 13th, explaining, "I wanted to apprise you of a conversation I just had with Sue at the Myrtle Grove post office in Monkey Junction. She let me know that Clarendon Blvd. - even though it is open to traffic more often than it is closed - has been deemed "unsafe" by the USPS and mail will not be delivered here "until November."
Hooker explained, "I called because we received no mail on Wednesday (not completely out of the ordinary), were expecting packages to arrive via USPS on Thursday (when construction in front of our house was at its peak, so understandable they didn't deliver) and then didn't get anything again on Friday when the road was quiet for the most part. We wouldn't have received our mail today if we hadn't spied the mail carrier delivering on another road and convinced him to look through his mail truck for our items, which included the aforementioned packages along with important bills and checks."
She explained, "Sue said we can choose to have our mail kept at the Monkey Junction or Carolina Beach post office, but that we're only able to retrieve it every three days. I tried to explain to her that the road may not be pleasant, but is certainly passable on most days, and that we'd like our mail to continue to be delivered to the house. Is there anything that you can do to help us get our mail daily, preferably at home? Also, as an FYI, the USPS has no plans to notify residents of this interruption in service; "If they don't get their mail then they call us" was Sue's take on the situation. Perhaps the town could distribute flyers letting residents know of the mail issue and what their options are?"
She explained, "We wanted to at least make sure you were aware of the situation so when construction begins in other areas of town, maybe we can get the post office to work with us more proactively to ensure that mail gets to residents or that residents know where to go/what to do if it doesn't arrive."
On Tuesday September 16th, an employee named Janet at the Monkey Junction Post Office said the mail carrier was able to deliver mail on Clarendon earlier that day. She said it depends on the carrier and she would speak with the regular carrier the following day because another carrier had no issues with delivery.
Gil DuBois - Public Utilities and Capital Projects Director for the Town -  explained Tuesday that he spoke with the district manager for the USPS. DuBois said the Town will install temporary mailboxes at an intersection near construction activity. He said the mailboxes will be numbered for homes in the vicinity and allow residents to get their mail just down the street rather than having to drive to the post office. As the project continues along Clarendon Avenue and then to other streets throughout Town, the temporary mailboxes will be relocated with new numbers for homes in the affected areas.
For example, on Clarendon Avenue between 6th and 7th Streets, residents would walk to the next intersection to access their temporary mailboxes.
DuBois said, "In over 20 years of road projects this is the first time where I've worked on a project where they would not deliver on a road they could drive on."
He said Clarendon is maintained with gravel and people drive on the street everyday.
He said the Town will go door to door leaving information about the temporary mailboxes throughout the remainder of the infrastructure project.
In 2013 the Council approved moving forward with a $13 million dollar project to rehabilitate an aging sewer force main that pumps sewage from the main Lift Station in the downtown area across the Island to the Town's Wastewater Treatment Plant off Dow Road. The secondary force main is not currently in use. It's only used in emergency situations when flow exceeds the capacity of the primary force main. The secondary line can't operate at 100% due to the state of the aging line.
The project will also replace aging water and sewer lines throughout older residential areas of Town west of Lake Park Blvd and replace the aging water storage tank on Cape Fear Blvd as well as open a new fresh water well.
The overall project is about 34,000 feet of sanitary sewer line replacement or rehab and about 29,000 feet of water line replacement and also bringing a new well online plus replacing the 3-million gallon ground storage tank on Cape Fear Blvd.


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