and Video Courtesy of Channel 8
By Chip Osowski
Published January 30, 2021
CLEARWATER – Kevin Corrigan never dreamed his issue
with the U.S. Postal Service would be resolved this quickly.
Corrigan is the association president of the
Inverness IV condominiums in Clearwater and was looking for a bid to
replace the mailboxes in the two buildings in the complex.
When Corrigan received the proposal, his jaw dropped. The price tag was
“We’re a retirement community, Chip,” said Corrigan. “This is a 55 and
older, and if you can find a 55-year-old person here you would be lucky.
Most of the people here are in their 80s. They are on a fixed income.”
And, what makes matters worse, the association at Inverness III had
their mailboxes replaced less than a year ago and the total cost was
less than $5,000.
“We do not have that kind of money,” said Corrigan. “To pay five times
as much money as our sister community paid less than a year ago.”
Corrigan explains, the association has to go through the U.S. Postal
Service for approval to change the bank of mailboxes. Apparently, the
other association had another project manager handling their case and
approved replacing the mailboxes with the same type that they had. The
project manager assigned to Corrigan’s case is requiring him to upgrade
the mailboxes which is far more costly.
Corrigan contacted 8 On Your Side and within hours, he was receiving
messages from the post office.
“Not an hour after you left, I mean long before this ever aired, not an
hour after you left because I know you contacted a superior in Orlando,”
said Corrigan. “I had two emails from them on my phone.”
The U.S. Postal Service sent the following statement:
“The U.S. Postal Service and Inverness Condominiums in Clearwater have
come to a mutual agreement on the replacement of centralized mailboxes.
We apologize for the miscommunication and inconvenience that may have
been experienced by customers and appreciate their patience and
Corrigan and his neighbors couldn’t be more pleased.
“And all I can say is for anybody else out there that is going through
something similar, contact 8 On Your Side,” Corrigan said. “You guys are