Deadline to mail census looms

Published 7:37 pm Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Anyone who did not receive a U.S. Census 2010 form is encouraged to pick up a form at Clanton City Hall between now and Monday, April 19.

A Census worker has a station set up in the hallway of City Hall on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 8 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. People may get assistance with filling out their form or pick up a form.

Residents with post office boxes did not receive forms because the U.S. Census Bureau must verify a physical address before a form can be mailed. Anyone may call 1-866-872-6868 and provide a physical address. This will allow a form to be mailed to a post office box.

“Our protocol is that we mail them (forms) to the physical address or hand deliver them to the address,” said Darryl Lee, partnership coordinator with the U.S. Census Bureau for Alabama and Northern Florida.

Lee said residents will be able to receive telephone assistance by calling the above number, which can be called through April 20.

“That’s the fastest and best alternative at this point,” Lee said.

Clanton City Council member Mary Mell Smith encourages anyone who did not receive a form to take the initiative to obtain a form, fill it out and mail it back.

“It’s just so important that we answer these things,” she said, concerned about residents with post office boxes who didn’t receive forms. “That could really affect our count.”

Lee also said Census job opportunities are still available in the Chilton County area due to a low number of applicants.

Those interested can call 1-866-861-2010.

“We really want to hire people in that area,” Lee said. “It could be a wonderful boost economically as well as opportunity-wise.”