KILLINGLY, Conn. (WTNH)– Residents in a particular section of Killingly say a new post office box is not only inconvenient to get to, but it’s not located in a safe area.
The postal service says when it rented the property, the landlord was supposed to put gravel down, but hasn’t yet, which certainly doesn’t help for a muddy, and what some say is a very dangerous walk, to the boxes.
Robert Loiselle, Sr. says walking and driving in the parking lot is a challenge.
“One girl that was delivering papers last week was stuck for 10 minutes until someone came by and helped her out,” said Loiselle, Sr. of Ballouville.
The United States Postal Service moved the P.O. boxes from the Ballouville Post Office after hours were reduced earlier this year. The boxes now sit on a concrete slab next to the dam on Chestnut Hill Road.
“If you’re not careful you can step right off of it without even noticing it,” said Roger Cusson. “It’s not wide enough.”
“People’s mail is getting ruined; peoples’ cars are getting stuck,” said Jennifer Flynn.
Flynn picks up her grandmother’s mail because she’s afraid Lucille Caron could fall.
“If I had fallen I would have to wait for somebody to come to see me laying there, ya know,” said Caron.
“The postal service is working closely with the town and the landlord to resolve this issue as soon as possible,” said USPS spokesperson Christine Dugas in a statement.
“They definitely need to do something,” said Flynn.
At this point, folks say gravel is just not going to do it. They want to see the area paved instead.