The Levelland Post Office is looking to phase out walking routes and is asking customers for their assistance.
The Levelland Post Office Supervisor, Rudy Munos, said it is not a mandate, they are just asking local people who currently have a box at their door to please install a mail box by the street so that carriers can deliver from a truck. He said the main reason for the change is the safety of the mail carriers. He noted that one carrier recently tripped and shattered his shoulder and was off work for 6 weeks. He also said dogs running loose is another concern, noting he has to call law enforcement every week for a vicious dog attacking a carrier.
He also said that for residents who, due to physical handicaps, is unable to walk to their mailbox the carrier would still deliver to the door. He also noted that it is much more efficient for the postal service to have boxes by the street, he said that postage for a first class letter is 47 cents, and it costs the postal service 45 cents to deliver that letter if they are walking.
He said the mailbox at the street would need to be between 42 and 56 inches from the ground and placed 12 inches from the curb.