Is there a problem with the new Post Office handicap access ramp?

A concerned citizen stopped by my corner office at the Blue Monday earlier this week, alerting me to fact that the handicap access signs at the Northfield Post Office still urge people to use the old ramp at the rear of the building instead of the new ramp.

He wondered if there was a problem with the new ramp.

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I tried to find a phone number for the Post Office. It’s not in the phone book. Multiple Google searches only served up the nationwide 800 number. AAARRRGGGHHH. After 15 minutes, I finally found it at this page: 645.7812.  I left a message for the person in charge, Shelley, (our Postmaster left the job 7 months ago and hasn’t been replaced) but I’ve not gotten a call back in two days.

Anyone have a clue about the ramp? Did it not meet code? Or has no one thought to take down the signs?


  1. Tim Jackson said:

    Could it be that the door is not handicap accessible?

    May 22, 2008
  2. Anne Bretts said:

    Tim, I think you have it. There is no automatic door opener visible in the photo. Even in the rear, it appears you have to ring the bell and have someone open the door. Apparently, there’s no one available to open the front door.

    May 22, 2008
  3. Randy Jennings said:

    If you call the toll-free number the USPS provides, it takes three auto-prompts to get a cheerful mechanical voice that provides the hours and direct telephone number for the Northfield post office. It takes about 30 seconds, which is apparently faster than a google search, and much less frustrating.

    May 22, 2008
  4. If I lose the number to the Northfield Post Office Downtown office (663-7804) I call the Dundas Post Office and ask them for the number. The Northfield Post Office has been omitted from the Dex Phone Book for the last several years. I don’t get it either.

    I thought the ramp was for Sue and me, Grezzo Gallery, By All Means Graphics (sinced moved across the Square) and the Historical Society! Duh! I think they just have overlooked having the old sign removed.

    May 22, 2008
  5. Griff Wigley said:

    You may be right, Bart. The sign in front is now gone. But shouldn’t there be a button to press to open the doors for someone in a wheelchair?

    And I’ve still not gotten a call back from them. Grrrrrr.

    May 26, 2008

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