Post office implements changes
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FORT CARSON, Colo. -- On-post housing residents may see changes to their mailboxes as post office officials implement cluster box units in various neighborhoods.

"It's not about an inconvenience," said Ron Perry, customer relations coordinator for the U.S. Postal Service.

As the USPS continues to face budget restraints and downsizing, Perry said his office is working to meet the demands of the growing Fort Carson community.

"We're working to find a balance," he said.

One way the USPS can cut costs is by condensing mailboxes in housing areas, allowing for mail, including larger parcels, to reach intended recipients.

"By realigning the post office centralized units, we can deliver more mail and packages in parcel lockers and reduce the wait time in line issue," Perry said. "We're trying to ease the line as much as possible."

Officials for both the USPS and Fort Carson had previously discussed the concept of consolidated mailboxes two years ago. The first CBUs were installed in November on Manila Drive, with more installations in 2012 on Harr Avenue; Ware Street; Ray Circle; Huertgen Forest, Falaise Gap and Stumpf roads; and McNerney, Garcia and Smith streets.

In September, CBUs were installed at St. Lo and Iwo Jima drives; Guadalcanal, Karopczyc and Willett circles; Remagen Road; and Shemin and Helwig courts.

CBUs will be installed in Cheyenne, Shoshoni, Sioux, Apache, Cherokee and Arapahoe neighborhoods as weather permits.

Perry said his office is committed to accommodating the Fort Carson community.

To help cut wait times in line at the post office, stamps are now sold at Army and Air Force Exchange Service stores on Fort Carson.

Perry said he also works with Family readiness groups to educate spouses on customs forms for shipping packages to Soldiers serving overseas.

"We're trying to ease the line as much as possible," he said. "We're trying to make things more convenient."