A small change with big benefits

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

On May 23, the United States Postal Service (USPS) completed a project in Cassville that many of us have longed to see for many years. The drive-up drop box, which was formerly located at the northwest intersection of the downtown square, has been relocated to the back side of the Cassville Post Office. It might seem like a small change, but the relocation of the drop box will greatly benefit our community.

Not only does the change make mailing envelopes more convenient for community members, but by moving the drop box, the Postal Service has made West Street safer for both drivers and pedestrians. In the past, drivers using the drop box without a passenger were required to cross into the oncoming lane of traffic on West Street to drop items in the box. Cars using the drop box were positioned in the exact spot where traffic moving south on West Street in front of the post office were required to halt at a stop sign. This convergence of vehicles often made it difficult to see pedestrians using the cross walks connecting the post office block to the square.

Although community members might not see eye to eye with USPS on all issues, it is nice to see that the agency is interested in making services safer and more convenient for individuals in our community.

Lindsay Reed