Towns review "97 post office discussions
SUMMIT COUNTY – Residents of Silverthorne and Dillon don’t qualify for free post office boxes because, in 1997, the towns rejected a proposal for delivery from Postmaster Jerry Scott.
At least, that’s what the post office maintains.
Dillon and Silverthorne town officials have been a little more circumspect in drawing the same conclusion.
According to Dillon Treasurer Carri McDonnell, there is no reference to a such a proposal to the Dillon town council in the records of the council’s 1997 minutes.
“There was nothing about home delivery,” she said.
In Silverthorne, the July 17, 1997, minutes note that the matter of curbside delivery was discussed, though no decision was reached. In a town staff report written the same day by Theresa Casey, the former recreation and public facilities director, and Mike Brake, the former engineering director, no recommendation was made. The report discussed the possibility of curbside delivery, not cluster boxes as is now the norm, and listed the pros and cons of the matter.
Cons of the proposal included conflicts with town rights of way and the possible effects on snow removal. The report lists the individual homeowner as responsible for ensuring access to the box.
“Quite frankly, what I think is happening is that the post office is saying we did it, and we didn’t,” said Silverthorne Councilmember Peggy Long. “I think the thing that I would hope for is that the post office can come around to see fit that people in our community, regardless of where they live and if there’s rural delivery or not, can get a free post office box.”
Rick Sprague, officer in charge of the Silverthorne and Dillon post offices, said part of the confusion may stem from discussions that may have been had with town staff outside the framework of official town meetings. He said that Scott, who is currently working on post office developments in Wyoming, had assured him he had spoken with the towns.
Regional Manager of Post Office Operations Sheryl Wilson is scheduled to meet with officials Friday to iron out the details of post office box arrangements around the county and ensure their uniformity.
“It’s one of those communication things that really needs to come up and get settled,” Long said.
Aidan Leonard can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 229, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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