NOTE: Ingrid Henne is a tiny house enthusiast and member of our Lake Dallas Tiny Home Village Facebook group. She is also in management at the United States Postal Service.
Sent: Thursday, August 6, 2020 7:13 AM
To: Hooper, Scott - Dallas, TX
Subject: FW: [EXTERNAL]
Mr. Hooper, I am writing in reference to the letter attached. I also included a picture.
The community in Lake Dallas is a "little house" community. They are permanent there. The owner put up a box to have his residence receive the mail. As I understand from the Postmaster and your letter, that you guys are under the assumption that this is a temporary situation.
Which is untrue.
There is a long waiting list for people that want to put their roots down in that community. The homes have gardens, decks and the likes build around their homes, they would not do that if they plan on leaving anytime soon.
Besides, we have enough apartment complexes, especially in Richland Hills, that have people move in for 3-6 month and they also Receive the mail. We constantly change locks because of the turnaround. But these folks have their homes custom build and moved there to stay there. We have in North Richland Hills, a similar lot and deliver the mail to them. The live in Mobil homes, they have a large NDCBU.
So I don't understand why this small group of people cannot receive mail in the box that the owner of the property put up.
It is not like we pay for the box, all it needs is an arrow lock and measure the rural carriers steps to the box and add one dismount.
Having said that, the people living in this small lot feel unsafe when they have to get the mail out of one box on the street.
They are afraid to let their kids pull the mail, afraid they be run over by a car passing by, next to having everybody's mail in one box There are 13 families living there.
The residents themselves are getting frustrated and more upset especially about the privacy of their mail.
And the safety issue.
Of what I gathered, they are ready to go to the news channel about their situation.
The owner Terry Lantrip invites you to come out and look at the property if you don't believe him. 204 Gotcher Ave, Lake Dallas, TX 75065
Ingrid Henne SPV
North Richland Hills
6051 Davis BLVD
North Richland Hills, TX 76180 817-281-5846
These homes are not transit, as stated in your letter.
POM Revision: Modes of Delivery and Delivery Equipment
Effective April 5, 2012, the Postal Service will revise Postal Operations Manual (POM) subchapters 61, 63, 64, and 65 in selected subsections to provide updated and revised information and procedures regarding modes of delivery and delivery equipment. The POM sets forth the policies, regulations, and procedures of the Postal Service governing delivery and vehicle operations.
The revised procedures apply to new deliveries added to the delivery network; however, the revisions also provide updated language on centralized delivery equipment that may apply to current delivery points as well. This revision provides the Postal Service with autonomy in determining the modes of delivery when adding new deliveries, thereby enabling the Postal Service to provide services adequate and necessary to meeting its basic function in the most efficient manner. Controlling future costs begins with good base decisions whenever new deliveries are added to the delivery infrastructure. These include the mode of delivery and location and type of equipment, as well as the safety and convenience of both carriers and customers. Updated equipment references may be interchangeable such as replacing Neighborhood Delivery and Collection Box Unit (NDCBU) with Cluster Box Unit (CBU) to replace obsolete nomenclature.
It is important to note that Postal Service representatives are still required to meet with builders and developers early in the process to ensure the best choices are made and to assess if the mode of delivery directed to be put in place conforms to the policies of the Postal Service. There are no changes in the current modes of delivery available as an option for the Postal Service in establishing necessary and adequate services.
631.46 Mobile or Trailer Homes
The delivery options for mobile or trailer home developments depend on Postal Service determination of whether the development is permanent or transient.
631.462 Permanent Developments
Permanent developments consist of managed mobile home parks or residential mobile home subdivisions where the lots are permanently assigned, the streets are maintained for public use, and the conditions resemble those of a residential subdivision. For permanent developments, the delivery options are either central, curbside, or sidewalk delivery, as directed by the Postal Service under the regulations below.
a. Central Delivery
(1) Delivery service may be provided to a single point or receptacle designated by local management for the receipt of mail and distribution by its employees.
(2) Delivery service may be provided to one or more central points for the direct receipt of mail by postal customers within the area. The requirements for such central delivery are as follows:
(a) Local Postal Service managers must approve the mailbox sites and equipment.
(b) Customers must not be required to travel an unreasonable distance to obtain their mail, and reasonable access must be provided to the equipment location.
b. Curbside Delivery.
Delivery service may only be provided to boxes at the curb, as directed by the Postal Service, so that they can be served efficiently, safely, and conveniently from the carrier's vehicle and give customers reasonable and safe access. Mail receptacles may be grouped two to a property line where possible.
c. Sidewalk Delivery
(1) If the sidewalk abuts the curb or other unusual conditions exist (e.g., excessive street parking) that make it difficult or impractical to install or serve boxes at the curb line, customers with these situations may install boxes at the edge of the sidewalk nearest the residence where they can all be served by the carrier from the sidewalk.