TRPA supports mail delivery study |

TRPA supports mail delivery study

Lake Tahoe’s bistate regulatory agency Wednesday endorsed the U.S. Postal Service’s idea to complete a comprehensive regional survey to determine whether home delivery is right for the basin.

The information from the survey would help the Postal Service develop a new master plan for the Lake Tahoe Basin. The current plan is out of date.

The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency wants to reduce driving in the basin and sees home mail delivery as a significant way to do that.

“We need to determine public desire for carrier service,” said Rebecca Bernard, manager of post office operations in Reno. “We are proposing doing a survey, and we want to do that in conjunction with TRPA to make sure we’re asking the right questions.”

The Postal Service delivers mail to houses in South Lake Tahoe, Incline Village and most of the South Shore portions of El Dorado County. Other residents must drive to the service center to get their mail from a post office box.

Hal Cole, South Lake Tahoe’s representative on the TRPA board, said home delivery has helped many residents, particularly the elderly.

“It’s a lot easier for them to access the mail on a day-to-day basis,” Cole said. “(Environmental improvements) aside, I think it’s an asset to the whole basin.”

The Postal Service is required by law to offer some form of free mail delivery. That could either be post office boxes or home delivery. It can’t be both. Therefore, if home delivery becomes a basin-wide practice, those residents who still want boxes will have to pay for them.

The Postal Service plans to upgrade many facilities in the basin over the next several years. The agency wants the master plan to serve as a blueprint for the changes.

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