Bill preventing parking by mailboxes tabled again

Tuesday, January 18, 2011 | 8:58 p.m. CST; updated 11:20 p.m. CST, Tuesday, January 18, 2011

COLUMBIA — The City Council tabled Tuesday for the second time a bill that would prevent drivers from parking within 10 feet of a mailbox.

The bill, proposed by Second Ward Councilman Jason Thornhill in response to complaints he received from people who didn't receive their mail because their mailboxes were blocked by on-street parking, was first tabled Dec. 6.

City Manager Bill Watkins recommended tabling the bill until the council could talk to the stakeholders in the particularly affected neighborhoods.

The council will take up the bill again at its Feb. 22 meeting.

Action: Council bill 287-10 would prohibit parking within 10 feet of any mailbox.

Vote: Tabled 7-0.

Discussion: None.

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Corey Parks January 18, 2011 | 10:26 p.m.

"Neither Snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completing on their appointed rounds"

Umm I do not see parked cars in there anywhere. I guess that is their kryponite.

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Corey Parks January 18, 2011 | 10:32 p.m.

The problem with this bill is that on some streets there is not 10 ft on each side to park and in cud e sacs if your there for work and have a little trailer your pretty much going to be blocking a few of them.

I have seen this for years where I am working on a job site and the mail man spends about 1 minute trying to maneuver his vehicle to reach the mail box without getting out and then gives up and moves on to the next. In the amount of time wasted he could have parked hand delivered the entire street by foot.
I do my best to grab the mail from the mailman and put it in the box for him if I can but if I do not see him then he just drives on.

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