Postal Service has new delivery plan for El Jebel folks |

Postal Service has new delivery plan for El Jebel folks

Aspen Times Staff Report

The mail delivery system is going to change this fall for about 300 households and businesses in the El Jebel area.

Fortunately they aren’t reverting back to the Pony Express system.

Instead, the U.S. Postal Service has announced plans to close the El Jebel substation and offer delivery to mail boxes clustered in areas around the mobile home park and possibly the commercial center.

The unstaffed post office substation, located in the mall in the heart of El Jebel, currently serves most residents of the 277-space mobile home park, other residences in the immediate El Jebel area, and a handful of businesses.

Adelle Hubbell, whose family owns the mobile home park and leases the space for the substation, said postal officials told her El Jebel residents will be able to use their street addresses for the new delivery system to neighborhood clusters of mail boxes.

Hubbell, whose personal mail delivery will be affected by the change, said she thinks the new system will be more convenient. El Jebel residents won’t have to go as far to get their mail, she said.

El Jebel’s tiny post office is now a substation of Basalt’s post office. But restructuring will make mail delivery part of the Carbondale post office’s responsibility, according to Carbondale Postmaster Darrell Murphy.

Murphy said El Jebel residents who get mail delivered to El Jebel P.O. boxes will be offered three options for new service: neighborhood delivery to clustered mail boxes, delivery to a box at Basalt’s huge new post office or delivery to a box at the Carbondale post office.

Residents will soon receive letters explaining the options. Murphy said the Postal Service wants to make the transition by Oct. 23.

Once the change is made, El Jebel’s separate zip code of 81628 is expected to disappear.

Residents of Blue Lake and Sopris Village, subdivisions in the El Jebel area, have had home delivery available for years. They use their street address along with Carbondale’s 81623 zip code.

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