Lo­ca­tion se­lected for Shearstown mail­boxes

The Compass - - FRONT PAGE - BY NI­CHOLAS MERCER

The mail de­liv­ery pic­ture in Shearstown and But­lerville has got­ten a lit­tle clearer to­day.

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives from Canada Post and Bay Roberts Town Coun­cil met late last week to clear up any con­fu­sion re­gard­ing where res­i­dents would pick up their mail this week.

“There was some good di­a­logue,” said Bay Roberts Mayor Philip Wood. “It was a good, frank dis­cus­sion.”

Af­ter the meet­ing on Aug. 21, a lo­ca­tion has been set. Res­i­dents will pick up their mail on the North side of Shearstown along the river head­ing to­wards Goose Pond on New Hill Road. The lo­ca­tion is close to where the orig­i­nal post of­fice was lo­cated.

A change was nec­es­sary af­ter the owner’s of Brad­bury’s be­gan the process of clos­ing its doors ear­lier this sum­mer. As a re­sult, Canada Post was given 90 days to find a suit­able fix.

Early last week there had been some mixed sig­nals in re­gards to where some 700 com­mu­nity mail­boxes would be lo­cated. Two pos­si­ble lo­ca­tions given were Brook Road in But­lerville and Reid’s Road in Shearstown.

“Un­for­tu­nately, we found that lo­ca­tion (Reid’s Road) would not be ideal and have se­lected the new lo­ca­tion in­stead. An­other let­ter will be sent to res­i­dents to in­form them of the cor­rect lo­ca­tion,” Canada Post spokesper­son Car­ley Smith wrote in an email.

Prior to the meet­ing, the mayor ex­pressed con­cern about the time frame and the lack of in­for­ma­tion about Canada Post’s plan to ac­com­mo­date res­i­dents in Shearstown and But­lerville.

Once Canada Post had bet­ter ex­plained the is­sues to coun­cil, both par­ties set about de­cid­ing a spot for the mail­boxes.

Ac­ces­si­bil­ity was a big rea­son why the Shearstown lo­ca­tion was cho­sen. There is am­ple room for res­i­dents to park their cars, get their mail and turn around.

“We think its ac­ces­si­ble and we think its safe,” said Wood.

The de­ci­sion came at the 11th hour for both groups as Canada Post were sched­uled to de­liver mail to those new boxes to­day.

Wood said the town plans to mon­i­tor the sit­u­a­tion go­ing for­ward.

Photo by Ni­cholas Mercer/The Com­pass

Canada Post has moved its mail­boxes in Shearstown af­ter learn­ing Brad­bury’s Su­perette, where the some 700 boxes were housed, will be clos­ing.

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