Bloomington post office adds fence near where homeless meet

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — A fence has been installed around a post office in Bloomington to protect staff and customers, the U.S. Postal Service said.

The post office is near Seminary Park where homeless congregate and where tents have been set up, The Herald-Times reported.

The post office is on property owned by businessman Robert Scank. He said the Postal Service put up the fence because the city wasn’t doing enough to keep the area safe.

Bloomington’s public works director is concerned about “possible zoning code violations such as setback, the height of the fence and the proposal to top it with barbed wire,” said Yael Ksander, a spokesman for the mayor.

Josie Hickok said she regularly goes to the post office and has never had problems with people in the park.