I’ve mentioned many times in previous posts that tiny Queensborough is pretty close to equidistant to two larger towns (well, technically they’re villages, but by Queesnborough standards they’re towns), Madoc and Tweed. As I wrote here, both towns have their good points, and in fact they kind of complement each other. It’s nice to have the choice when one needs to go to town.
But things get a little confusing when it comes to defining where it is exactly that we live. You see, several years ago when municipal mergers were all the rage in Ontario, the village of Tweed was merged with its surrounding township, Hungerford, and also with the previously existing municipality of Elzevir and Grimsthorpe Townships – Elzevir being the township that Queensborough is located in. So basically we in Queensborough became part of the new, larger Municipality of Tweed – or, as I like to call it, the Greater Tweed Area. We pay our property taxes to Tweed and we rely on that municipality for public works like snowplowing and garbage management. (Which in our case means that we drive our garbage the rather ridiculously long distance to the municipal dump southeast of Tweed near the hamlet of Stoco. As Raymond did not once but twice today, taking away all of this year’s leaf rakings.)
Anyway, you would think from the above that it would be safe to say that we live in the Municipality of Tweed. Ah, but it’s not, you see.
And that is because of our mailing address, which is (as it has been ever since Queensborough’s own post office – conveniently located in the much-lamented McMurray’s General Store – closed in 1969) Rural Route Number 2, Madoc. Our mail comes to us in a vehicle operating out of the Madoc Post Office, and so our mail must be so addressed.
So what does one put down when filling out a form asking for one’s address? If they want the mailing address it’s no problem: RR#2 Madoc, with the street address added in. But what if what’s wanted is our actual municipal address? That’s what outfits like, say, Hydro One – which needs to know where the property it is providing electric service to is physically located, as opposed to its mailing address – are looking for. So do we say 847 Bosley Rd., Tweed? But what if they want the postal code too? (Which, by the way, they always do.) Our postal code is the code for Madoc, no two ways about it. I don’t even know the postal code for Tweed.
Because Raymond and I are in the process of informing every bank and insurance company and utility and agency that we deal with, and every organization we belong to, of our new address, the question of that address has been front of mind of late. Most of the time the mailing address is fine, but every now and again it’s not.
Which is one reason – believe me, there are others, and other residents of Queensborough could back me up on this, I am sure – why in my opinion those municipal mergers were not all that well thought out.
Then again, perhaps there’s a solution: give Queensborough its own postal code! And while we’re at it, give us back our post office. It would be a great part-time job for some local person, and handy for us all. How about it, Canada Post?