Editor:

In response to the story about responsibility of the Farmington post office grounds maintenance; Mayor: Post Office Grounds "A Mess" article, dated June 26, 2014, the question arises as to whom is responsible to keep the weeds trimmed, the trash picked up, and roads maintained. Is there a job description for the postmaster? Does it include maintaining the grounds?

I can relate to unkempt grounds as it sounds similar to the conditions outside the Shiprock post office. The grounds are not very nice looking, the round-about exit on the south has a huge pothole at least 3' X 3'. The same area has a depression in the ground which becomes a huge pond when there is any rain. The inside of the post office looks clean and sometimes there is someone sweeping and mopping, but I have never seen anyone working outside.

I think the Farmington post office (and other post offices) is a federal building as the postal service is a federal government entity, not a city or state property. I think it is a little clearer in cases of private home owners or franchises that the person(s) whose name(s) appear on legal documents of ownership that they are responsible for the outside upkeep of the buildings where they reside or conduct business. For example; the external grounds look very nice with trees, grass, and flowers which can be seen outside places like McDonalds, Walmart, Burger King, and etc.

WILFORD R. JOE

Shiprock