The Postal Service has proposed ending door to door mail delivery in favor of delivering to curbside mailboxes or cluster boxes only, to further trim its budget. But Akron City councilman-at-large Mike Williams tells AkronNewsNow it would be a real problem for cities like Akron where the majority of mail is delivered door to door.
"If everybody had a mail box on the devil strip in our more congested areas of the city, or where there are more homes, literally you would have the devil strips cluttered with mail boxes."
Williams says there are other drawbacks as well involving mail security. " Even with the current situation we have people who have things stolen out of their mailboxes, so the more detached the mailbox is from the actual home I think the higher the security risk."
Mike Williams says the security of seniors would be threatened by frequent trips outside their homes to pick up their mail.
He also says cluster mailboxes are also problematic, because they force people to walk to an area a distance fro their homes to pick up their mail, posing a security risk, especially to seniors.
Williams says while curbside delivery works well in rural and suburban areas, it's not practical to do it in a more congested urban setting.