The United States Postal Service and local post offices are continuing to look for ways to cut costs and still provide efficient service.


The United States Postal Service and local post offices are continuing to look for ways to cut costs and still provide efficient service.

A solution for the Pratt Post Office is to transition to curbside delivery. Current residents are “grandfathered” to receive mail in a box on the house, unless they choose to move out to the curb. Several residents did install boxes last summer in response to a request from the post office, according to Postmaster Kim Lange.

For the last 60 to 90 days, new residents have been required to install a curbside box or rent a box in the post office. A small box is $24 for six months. Mail is held at the post office until a box that meets delivery standards is installed or a box is rented. Hold mail is a 30-day service, so arrangements need to be completed within that time.

If a new resident has medical problems or physical issues, exceptions can be made, Lange said.

“If there’s a medical issue, we don’t want them out there (at the curb),” she said. “Just call us.”

The telephone number for the Pratt Post Office is 672-7559.

Delivering to curb boxes, using one of four long-life vehicles in the local fleet, is twice as fast as carrier-delivered to the door, Lange said. It is also safer for carriers, reducing the chance for dog bites and slips and falls on icy walkways and steps.

Mailboxes are readily available, and Lange said boxes that come with a post that pushes into the ground can be installed without calling for utility lines to be located. If a post is installed by digging, the resident should call 811 to be connected to the Kansas one-call center.

The bottom of the box must be 42 to 48 inches from the street or road surface level and the front should be 6 inches back from the curb.