My wife and I lived in northwest Roswell for about 15 years. During that time, mail deliveries were fairly much on a regular basis, with deliveries usually around 10 or 10:30 a.m. The mail carrier for that part of town mentioned to me at one time “I am allowed to make my own schedule. I like that because I like to make my deliveries early and have the rest of the day to do things at home that need to be done.”
To me, his approach seemed reasonable since serving the public and making deliveries on a timely basis was being considered a priority.
Since moving into the city limits about two years ago, we have learned that mail deliveries in parts of northeast Roswell leave a lot to be desired. Roadside mail deliveries here cannot be considered timely, or on a regular basis on any given day, week or month.
Deliveries north of Berrendo, west of Mission Arch and east of North Garden roads can usually be expected between 5:30 and 8:30 p.m. and sometimes not until the next day. Deliveries are usually during late-evening and night hours. There is no consistent or approximate time that one can expect mail deliveries.
It is difficult to understand why deliveries cannot be made during daylight hours on a normal basis. The same goes for outgoing mail. One must take outgoing mail to the main post office for processing or else it may be in the roadside mailbox for several days.
If not having sufficient letter carriers for an area, management should hire additional mail carriers. If having to pay unusual amounts of overtime for overworked employees is a problem, management can fix that also. If allowing letter carriers to make their own shifts that are not in the public interest, that also needs to be corrected.
John P. Sedillo