The District of Mission wants first right of purchase when the historic post office building on First Avenue becomes available for sale.

Future of the downtown Mission post office unclear

Mission council is asking for the first right of purchase when the downtown post office building goes up for sale.

The historic post office building on First Avenue could be put to civic use.

Mission council is asking for the first right of purchase when the downtown post office building goes up for sale and is asking for more consultation  to determine where community mailboxes will be placed.

Council made the requests when members met with Mission’s Member of Parliament, Randy Kamp at a special meeting earlier this week.

“(The building) is an historic piece of this community,” said Mayor Randy Hawes. “I don’t want it to be (turned into) a pawn shop or Burger King. We will consult the community and put it to good use.”

Kamp said he has been told a decision has not yet been made to relocate the current First Avenue operation, and that Canada Post (CP) makes its own operational decisions.

“They (CP) has assured us that if they do reach that stage and decide what to do with the building, they will involve us, and we’ve asked them to involve you,” explained Kamp. “I’m confident you will be a part of it when they get there.”

As for the new community mailboxes, (CMB) Kamp explained CP is a federal corporation that is required by legislation to break even, and when the Conference Board of Canada found the corporation would be “significantly in the red” for a number of years, changes were made.

One part of the plan is to eliminate door-to-door service.

“Two-thirds of the country are already using community mailboxes,” said Kamp, noting the federal government supports the corporation’s decision.

Mission’s director of engineering, Tracy Kyle explained Canada Post provided the district with about 200 possible locations for  the CMBs, but didn’t give staff enough time to investigate each location to make sure there was appropriate lighting and easily accessible.

“We found about 12 (locations) we definitely didn’t want to see a box there,” said Kyle.

Hawes said other issues have not been addressed, such as where will residents collect their mail if a CMB is vandalized and broken into.

“That is an issue,” agreed Coun. Pam Alexis. “With the number of people ordering online, having to go to Abbotsford to pick up mail is crazy.”

Kamp expects there will be some difficulties with the transition, and said he would look into council’s concerns.

 

Just Posted

UPDATE: Man in mid-20s killed in targeted shooting in Abbotsford

Location of shooting the same as where innocent bystander Ping Shun Ao killed in 2015

Fraser Health asking taxpayers for millions more in health care capital funding

Health authority wants Fraser Valley taxpayers to triple annual contribution to $5.75 million

Downtown Mission: Ready to revitalize

With the bidding process underway, construction could start by mid-March

‘Compassion club’ operator loses bid to have pot-trafficking charges thrown out

Bob Woolsey of Mission argues that laws were not valid at the time of alleged offences

Location eyed for possible collector well

New estimate puts price tag of new water source at $81 million

B.C. cougar kitten rescued after mother struck by vehicle

Conservation Officers find home for young kitten found dehydrated and frostbitten near Williams Lake

Vancouver hoping free public Wi-Fi expansion will drive tourism dollars

Mayor Gregor Robertson says expansion bolsters its “leading Smart City” status

Women’s movement has come a long way since march on Washington: Activists

Vancouver one of several cities hosting event on anniversary of historic Women’s March on Washington

Liberals’ 2-year infrastructure plan set to take 5: documents

Government says 793 projects totalling $1.8 billion in federal funds have been granted extensions

Workers shouldn’t be used as ‘pawns’ in minimum wage fight: Wynne

Comments from Kathleen Wynne after demonstrators rallied outside Tim Hortons locations across Canada

John ‘Chick’ Webster, believed to be oldest living former NHL player, dies

Webster died Thursday at his home in Mattawa, Ont., where he had resided since 1969

Giants fall in six-round shootout

Visiting Victoria squad beats Vancouver 4-3 at Langley Events Centre

World’s fastest log car made in B.C. sells for $350,000 US

Cedar Rocket auctioned off three times at Barrett-Jackson Co., netting $350,000 US for veterans

Bad timing: Shutdown spoils Trump’s one-year festivities

Trump spends day trying to hash out a deal with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer

Most Read