The mailboxes have been moved back to the middle of S. Front Street by the United States Post Office in downtown Hamilton. The mailboxes were moved to the sides of the road while the road was being paved. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF

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“I think it’s a great deal,” Crank said. “It’s easy for me, on my way home, to just drive by ‘em and put my mail in there. It works out real good for us.”

He said he uses the postal boxes “at least three times a week.”

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Crank gives credit to Adolfo Olivas, a former Hamilton mayor and vice mayor, for the idea of placing them there.

Crank said when he was on Hamilton City Council with Olivas, “that was always one of his goals, to get those mailboxes put in there, so you didn’t have to jump out of your car and go into the post office.”

Crank said Olivas brought up the issue “more than once when we were on city council, he’d like to see the post office with those mail boxes there, so I’ve got to give him credit for a great idea.”

Hamilton City Engineer Rich Engle said he didn’t know when the postal boxes had been installed, but confirmed the $2 million city street paving project that required the boxes to be temporarily moved had been finished.

That work was on Front from High to the railroad tracks on Sycamore Street.

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Engle in June said officials asked the post office to move the postal boxes during the work so they would not be damaged. There were drive-by boxes behind the post office that motorists were able to use, but those were not as convenient, because drivers had to go around the post office building.

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