Today's the day for the Tidings' annual Perspective magazine
pend just a few minutes at the West Linn Post Office watching the carriers prepare for their upcoming deliveries and you quickly gain a whole new respect for how difficult an average day as a postal carrier can be.
According to Ray Canarios, West Linn's customer services supervisor, the post office's 21 regular carriers deliver an average of 80,000 to 90,000 pieces of mail to more than 12,000 addresses in West Linn every day. That's a daily average of more than 4,000 pieces of mail per carrier.
This is just one of the normal, everyday activities that occurs, practically unnoticed, in the West Linn and Lake Oswego community. To document the way our residents spend their time, the Lake Oswego Review and West Linn Tidings offer in today's issue, 'Perspective: A day in the life of Lake Oswego and West Linn.'
A normal day at the post office begins at 3 a.m. when two postal clerks arrive to break the mail into the individual routes. By 6:30 a.m., the drivers arrive to begin sorting the mail for their own routes. Most of the postal carriers spend more than two hours at the beginning of each workday doing this.
Taking up most of the space inside the post office building is a maze of mail slots. Each carrier has their own set of slots for their routes where they stand for several hours sorting that day's mail.
If you live in West Linn, you have your very own slot for your mail labeled with your street address on it. The slots are in the order of which mail is delivered every day.
Each postal carrier's goal is to be out on the street delivering the mail by 9 a.m. By that same time all the P.O. boxes in the post office should be delivered as well.
But a postal carrier's job is much more than sorting and delivering the mail six days a week. They also handle any address changes or moves that happen on their routes. Plus, they also play an important safety role in our community by keeping a watchful eye out for anything out of the ordinary.
On average, each carrier spends about five hours on the street delivering West Linn's mail. The goal is for each driver to be done delivering their route by 3 p.m.