Collins fights to make Elberton post office handicap accessible
WASHINGTON—Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.) has written to the United States Postal Service in Washington today requesting action on behalf of residents of Elberton, Ga.
Currently, the post office there is inaccessible to residents with limited mobility, but the Postal Service has declined the community's proposal to use local resources to make the facility handicap-accessible.
"As you may recall, I wrote to you on October 3, 2017 regarding the Elberton, Georgia Post Office, after it was brought to my attention that no ramp, walkway, or elevator exists that permits traditional handicap access at that location. In that letter, I requested your assistance in reviewing the availability of proper handicap access at the Elberton facility, and I asked that the Postal Service make the necessary changes to facilitate appropriate, safe, and comfortable access to this post office for all whom it serves," wrote Collins.
"I am deeply concerned that barriers to access at the Elberton Post Office persist a year after my office raised concerns on behalf of Elberton residents, and I encourage the Postal Service to prioritize the accessibility of its public facilities across the nation. Over the past year, my office has worked with the community of Elberton to find possible solutions to ensure that everyone can access this public facility. The City of Elberton and a number of local organizations are willing to donate the resources needed to make the physical improvements to the facility. The community would fully implement these proposed improvements in order to provide disability access without prompting potentially extensive and costly efforts associated with changes to the Post Office’s [Americans with Disabilities Act] and [Architectural Barriers Act] exemptions," he continued.
"I believe working with community partners to make the facility more accessible to residents would be mutually beneficial. While the existing policy may be well-intentioned, I encourage you to consider the impact that it may have by preventing the post office from improving its service to the community. I respectfully request that you provide my office with the reasoning behind this policy and allow the community to make physical improvements that enhance the facility’s accessibility to customers with limited mobility. I look forward to your reply and appreciate your attention to this matter."
Collins' letter is available in its entirety here.