Postal service a priority

Ottawa is being told to keep its hands off the postal service in Lumby.

The village has written Okanagan-Shuswap MP Colin Mayes insisting that potential federal cuts to post offices would not be appreciated.

“Our post office is an integral part of the community,” said Coun. Lori Mindnich.

“It serves all of the way out to Mabel Lake and people pick up parcels there. If we didn’t have this, people would have to drive to Vernon and a lot of people don’t have vehicles.”

While there is no indication that the Lumby post office is at risk, Mindnich says there is a need for council to take a stance given what has occurred to service levels in other communities.

“We want to be proactive instead of reactive.”

The issue of postal service arose recently when council had a presentation from the Canadian Postmasters and Assistants Association.

“Council is concerned with the current proposal to replace home mail delivery service with community mail boxes and would like Canada Post to engage in a comprehensive and meaningful public consultation with municipalities in order to review all options,” said Mayor Kevin Acton in the letter to Mayes.


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