By Cole Parkinson
With community post boxes already in place in Enchant, the process to get them in their location went through discussions with the Horizon School Division board.
The location of the boxes, outside of Enchant School, was brought forward to the board for their consideration.
While the division doesn’t own the pad where the boxes were placed, the board’s opinions were still sought as they would be directly outside of their facility.
“My understanding is that Canada Post in Enchant is closing and they are moving to a collection of outside boxes for the whole community. They are looking for a location in the hamlet of Enchant,” said Wilco Tymensen, superintendent of schools at the May 15 Horizon board meeting.
Placement of the community post boxes is along the visitor parking area right beside the bus loop.
Since the pad is often empty and in a place right along main street, it was viewed as a suitable location as it would offer residents easy access to their mail at any time.
“There is a fence, and car parking typically nobody parks there. There are often times when there is a big community function like a Christmas concert or something where people park there but for the most part it is empty. My understanding is that we do not own this parking pad, it is part of the hamlet but they are looking at putting it there so people can pull in to get their mail,” continued Tymensen. “Given that it is not our property we don’t have a lot of control over it so certainly there has been some conversations at the M.D. level in regard to that.”
With the closure of the former Canada Post outlet, the only other option other than the community post boxes would have been having the mail delivered to Vauxhall.
Canada Post representatives were adamant in their assessment that residents would like the new system a lot better once the change was made.
“They are trying to make a way so people don’t have to drive to Vauxhall,” said Jennifer Crowson, Horizon board member.
Enchant School staff were also in favour of having the boxes right outside.
“The principal (Kelly Schmidt) has no concerns. From the principal’s perspective, it is a good thing because it pulls people into the school and they can get a chance to see what’s on their sign,” said Tymensen. “It may also attract some individuals who are not currently at the school to register.”
The board stated that they had no objections to placing the boxes in the discussed location.