From the City of Aberdeen:
Join the Aberdeen community on Saturday, May 6, 2017 at 10am for a rally to convince the United States Postal Service to make the Aberdeen Post Office accessible for all Aberdeen residents.
Aberdeen residents, disabled veterans, handicapped citizens, and disabled veterans will join to show the USPS the need for improved access to the Post Office at 30 W Bel Air Avenue. The rally will be concluded by 11am.
Guests are encouraged to bring a sign to display.
The only Post Office in Aberdeen, located at 30 W Bel Air Ave is inaccessible to handicapped people. Sometimes elderly or wheelchair-bound people can be seen waiting at the bottom of the steps for help that may or may not be forthcoming from staff in the USPS.
The USPS government affairs liaisons have maintained that the building is exempt from the Americans with Disabilities Act, and that the nearby Post Offices in Belcamp, Havre de Grace, and Churchville should be sufficient for handicapped Aberdeen users.
Records maintained by the City of Aberdeen show that in 2001, the USPS filed for a permit to build a ramp at 30 W Bel Air Avenue but never picked it up from City Hall.
Mayor Patrick McGrady said “In 2011 and then later in 2016, I offered, in writing, to build the ramp myself. The USPS then cited a regulation that prevents any “donation of physical improvements to our facilities.” The biggest shame of all is that this facility had a handicap-accessible elevator until some time in the 1990s. If anybody has photos of that ramp, please send them to me at email@example.com or call me at 410.357.1234.”
The Aberdeen Mayor and City Council agree that USPS should make improvements to their facility in a way that will benefit all of Aberdeen and the surrounding area.
Senators Cardin and Van Hollen and Representative Ruppersberger have all signed a letter to the USPS to ask for consideration for our requests to this point, but the latest response dated April 19, 2017 indicates USPS has no plans to build a ramp or otherwise improve the Post Office at 30 W Bel Air Ave.
Please find a few pieces of supporting documentation from 2016, 2017, and the permit that was applied for in 2001 attached.