BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) — A dispute over mail delivery has landed in federal court.
Four Kentucky apartment complexes near Western Kentucky University sued the United States Postal Service and a postmaster last week in U.S. District Court in Bowling Green, the Daily News reported.
The Postal Service began delivering mail in bulk last month to the property management offices of each complex instead of delivering to it tenants’ mailboxes after reclassifying the residences as dormitories, according to the lawsuit.
Management at the apartment complexes did not agree to the change and have refused to accept deliveries, attorney Brian Lowder said. Tenants now have to travel to the post office to receive their mail.
The apartments are located near the university, but they are not owned by the school, attorneys said.
"Nevertheless, defendants seemingly take the arbitrary and absurd position that because of the properties' proximity to WKU and the fact that they primarily market to WKU students, they have some level of affiliation with WKU and should be classified as dormitories for the purpose of mail delivery," Lowder said in the lawsuit.
Susan Wright, spokeswoman for the USPS, declined to comment, citing the pending litigation.
Lawyers for the plaintiffs are seeking an injunction that would require the Postal Service to stop bulk mail deliveries and return to individual deliveries.
"There's folks that don't have transportation and rely on mail being delivered to their property," Lowder said. “People get their medications delivered, get important legal notices, pay their rent through the mail. Several of my clients haven't received their tenants' rent, at least not timely.”