Carmel's City Council has stamped out a lingering controversy by approving a contract with a private courier that will provide daily mail delivery to about 130 residents.
The council approved the contract, which will cost about $38,000 per year, by a 3-2 vote late Tuesday. Starting next month, couriers will pick up outgoing mail and deliver letters and parcels, but residents must request the service.
It will be the first home delivery in 97 years for the city. Without home delivery, residents have gathered for the social ritual of going to the post office to get mail.