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Postmaster should request home delivery in Silverthorne, Dillon

Chuck Bear - Silverthorne

In the Dec. 14 issue of the Summit Daily News, Jane Stebbins’ article said that the U.S. Postal Service approved free boxes for some people.

It is time for the Postal Service to correct the situation in Silverthorne and Dillon. I am encouraging the citizens to contact their respective town councils for help.

In Jane’s article, Sheryl Wilson, post office operations manager for Area 3, was quoted as saying Š “if delivery is available, or has been offered and refused, then residents must pay for their boxes.”

The Silverthorne-Dillon postmaster, Rick Sprague, never made this formal offer to the Silverthorne Town Council.

Supposedly, this offer was made in 1997 both to Dillon and Silverthorne.

At that time I was a member of the Silverthorne Town Council. If such an outright proposal had been made to the council, I am sure we would have voted on such an important issue.

No such action can be found in the minutes of the town council meetings.

Roger Pelot, the former mayor of Dillon, wrote a letter to the editor of the Summit Daily Aug. 10 in which he said:

“A recent letter to the editor implied that the Dillon Town Council, in 1997, was not interested in home delivery.

“I served on the council that year and have no recollection of such a discussion.

“I would have been a supporter of such a service. In fact, I supported home delivery as a way to keep the post office in its old location without the need to build a new, larger facility. So let’s get the facts correct on this issue.”

This certainly parallels the situation in Silverthorne. Perhaps the 3,840 postal boxes in the new building at 501 Brian would not have been needed.

Since there is no evidence of the town council’s refusing home delivery, ask your council members to seek a refund of charges for post office boxes since 1997.

Require the postmaster to make a formal request for home delivery to the present councils. If the councils refuse home delivery, then the post office could legally charge for boxes from that time forward.

Chuck Bear


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