No mailboxes repaired from USPS until Neighborhood Switch to Ted

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) – For months, residents of a neighborhood in northwest Harris County wasted endless hours going back and forth to the post office just to get their mail.

Bob Braman told ABC13’s Ted Oberg: “The mailboxes were vandalized.

That was in November 2020. Soon after, Braman said he reached out to the homeowners association and then the US Postal Service to see if someone could fix the damaged, abandoned cluster boxes. empty for so long that a swarm of bees takes them. .

While waiting for someone to take ownership and fix the mailbox, Braman and 28 other neighbors made the five-mile trip to stand outside a postal warehouse twice a week to line up and receive their mail. .

“It takes forever,” he said. “You can expect exactly 45 minutes to an hour to receive your letter.”

After nearly nine months of trying to no avail, Braman finally turned to work with Ted.

“I was doing this until about June,” says Braman. “Calling, writing, emailing and taking pictures. Everything is going nowhere.” “I miss Marvin Zindler… and I used to follow him and I always thought, ‘This is a good Samaritan here, doing some really good work,’ so I reached out to the Channel. 13 and I asked the reporter to investigate.”

We called HOA and the post office and they gave us the same answers every time we asked about it.

An attorney for the Copperfield Community Association has finally shared a copy of a letter they sent to the post office in July.

The letter cites how the former post office “maintains, repairs and replaces cluster box units (“CBUs”) distributed throughout Copperfield, establishing a clear roadmap of operations and expectations on behalf of the residential owners … that USPS will continue to maintain, repair, and replace the CBU.”

The letter cited six mailboxes in the Copperfield Southcreek subdivision in need of repair, including Braman’s.

When we contacted the post office, they apologized for the inconvenience but said that since they don’t own the mailboxes, it’s their policy that they don’t have to replace them when they break.

Many times, the USPS has said it will not replace Braman’s mailbox.

“In this case, local postal officials are aware of the issue and are continuing to work with all stakeholders, including residents and HOA, to address those concerns promptly. “, according to a statement from the USPS.

In response to attorneys for Braman’s neighborhood, USPS said, “While we appreciate your support on behalf of the Copperfield Community Association, Houston County once again confirms that the Postal Service will not provide the purchase, installation, maintenance, repair and replacement of the mailbox.”

Then, without telling us, the post office replaced the lock on the dilapidated mailbox, and within two days, Braman said it had been replaced with a brand new box.

We discovered that it was USPS that fixed and then replaced the boxes, but the agency didn’t tell us why it changed locations.

Either way, Braman said he’s looking forward to the time he’ll save by not driving to the post office to pick up the mail every day.

“It’s great to have people who come along and have a gift for getting things done,” says Braman.

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Dais Johnston

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