Mailbox debate continues in Brandermill

By Ben Garbarek - bio | email
Posted by Shawn Maclauchlan

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - The yellow mailboxes are still all over the Brandermill neighborhood - some people are upset about a proposed neighborhood rule requiring each home to buy a new mailbox.

Monday night there will be a meeting for residents, but the controversial issue is not on the agenda.

Hunts Bridge Road in Brandermill is full of yellow mailboxes.

Jerry Clemmer has lived in the neighborhood for eight years. He says the mailboxes were the last straw.

"The mailbox issue is the straw that broke the camel's back. I think residents here in Brandermill feel, during bad economic times, it's really not a moment to say, 'I want to change something and I'll send you the bill," said Clemmer.

The Brandermill Community Association will meet Monday, but the organization's president published a letter online Friday saying the mailboxes would not be on the agenda. Warren Ragsdale says he has friends that are struggling just to pay their bills.

"One of my neighbors says he's already three payments behind on his community dues and $155 is just a lot of money. We need to upgrade the community, this is just the wrong time to do it," said Ragsdale.

Residents like Cathy Cantrell say they've gone door to door asking their neighbor's opinions. She says over ninety percent of the people she's talked to are opposed to the new mailboxes.

"It doesn't make sense to me at all, and I feel we've been misrepresented," said Cantrell.

The association president says the mailboxes are not a done deal and only a design has been chosen. Some residents say there are houses in need of repairs but installing a new mailbox won't do enough to clean up some properties.

"We need to be focusing on helping people that need the help instead of focusing on the mailboxes right now," said Ragsdale.

Even though the mailbox issue is not on the agenda - several people say they plan on bringing the issue up at the meeting.

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