March 3rd, 2021 ~ Vol. 91 No. 9
Coleman Post Office discussion and clarification
Crowsnest Pass Herald Front Page
Coleman, Alberta Post Office
David Selles
Pass Herald Reporter
Council briefly discussed the level of service at the Coleman Post Office at the January 26, 2021 meeting of Council and requested that Council have further discussion concerning the document that was circulated.

The Revitalize the Coleman Post Office document that council first discussed at that January 26 meeting prompted readers to contact Council and request that they meeting with Canada Post to prompt this important discussion.

Since then, only two letters were received in time to be part of the February 23, Council meeting package.

Most of the discussion of the Coleman Post Office occurred on social media.
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Councillor Sygutek began the discussion.

"I have had inquiry from two people who wanted to see the Coleman Post Office opened up. When I brought the issue up, it was to see if there was public interest. It somehow made its way to Facebook. The whole thing morphed out of control to 'we're trying to shut it down, to we want big boxes or we only want one post office.'"

Councillor Sygutek says she wants to clarify what she was asking.

"I just want it to be clear that my intent was to see if there was public interest in contacting Canada Post to see if we could have the Coleman Post Office open as a fully functioning post office. The indication that I had in the research that I've done is that it's not a very difficult procedure and through the right grounds we could try to send a letter and see if it's an option."

Councillor Sygutek added that she'd like to see more formal requests from the community on the topic.

"In the Facebook post, which had a survey, there was a number of respondents. I reiterated on the post a number of times that if they really wanted something, they needed to write a letter to Council. I'm very disappointed that three letters came in. Three people out of how many responded on Facebook, took the time to give us an indication of what they want."
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CAO Thomas says Administration had received a few more letters after the package was set for the February 23rd Council Meeting that will appear in a future meeting package.

Councillor Sygutek also wanted to stress the importance of residents putting requests in writing to Council.

"If they have something specifically they want to ask for, they need to take the time to write an email. The public need to write to Council directly."

Councillor Sygutek made a motion that Council defers this topic to the next Council meeting for discussion when the other letters come in.

The motion was carried.

The Pass Herald attempted to get a hold of someone from Canada Post who was able to speak on the subject but was unsuccessful.
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