Cars blocking mailboxes slow mail delivery in Sylvan Park

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WSMV) – There’s a problem in a Nashville neighborhood because of a federal policy that affects almost everyone.

A community in Sylvan Park has now gone days without mail because people park on the street.

Park Avenue residents who don’t have a garage or street have parked on the Park Street side for years. Now that’s a problem.

Casey Katalbas takes the same walk every afternoon to check her mailbox, a walk she’s been doing for months and now ends the same way almost every day.

“Nothing yet,” Katalbas said.

She said the postman skipped her mailbox, and it’s not the first time.

“A lot of days of the week we just don’t get mail,” Katalbas said.

After days of missed deliveries, Katalbas said U.S. Postal Service officials told him why.

“If our cars are parked here, some people delivering mail will drive past our house and not deliver our mail at all,” Katalbas said.

She is not alone. Julie Greenberg, who has lived on Park Avenue for years, said her mail sometimes arrives a week late.

“We get notes on our small mail packets that it couldn’t have been delivered on the original day because our mailbox was blocked,” Greenberg said.

The US Postal Service said it was a policy that carriers could hold your mail if the customer checking a car jammed their mailbox, but Greenberg said that was not the case.

“A lot of us don’t have driveways, and even if we do, there are multiple residents, so there’s not enough room,” Greenberg said.

Now the neighbors have created a petition to lobby for mail delivery, cars or not.

“I think that’s what it’s going to take to make sure we can all have reliable courier service,” Greenberg said.

“It’s a public service. It’s something we pay for as taxpayers, so I think it’s something we expect,” Katalbas said.

They plan to take their petition to the post office and demand a change.

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