The United States Census Bureau’s College Station office has placed a “Be Counted’ location in the post office of Huntsville’s Elkins Lake subdivision to encourage residents to pick up and fill out Census 2010 forms.

The Be Counted site offers hundreds of census forms in several languages free to all residents, and has been put in place to ensure Elkins Lake residents have census forms readily available after a mailing error led to residents not receiving the forms initially.

“The Census Bureau sends Census forms to physical addresses, but they were not made aware that Elkins Lake residents do not receive mail at their physical addresses,” said Dr. Sherry McKibben, Community Development Specialist for the City of Huntsville. “Therefore, the forms were returned to the Census Bureau and marked as undeliverable.

“Once the City was made aware of this situation, we contacted the local Census office in College Station, and they have established a Be Counted site at the Elkins Lake Post Office. They are monitoring the number of Census forms available at the site and will replenish the forms if necessary.”

Forms are also available at Huntsville City Hall and the Huntsville Public Library.

Census forms will also be made available at the community-wide March to the Mailbox Extravaganza set to be held Saturday from 1-4 p.m. in Eastham-Thomason Park. The event will include numerous local civic groups and churches, and will include numerous activities for all local residents, all geared toward promoting census participation.

“We want to encourage all Huntsville and Walker County residents to fill out their Census forms and return them as soon as possible,” McKibben said. “As of April 6, 46 percent of Walker County residents and 43 percent of Huntsville residents had completed and returned their Census forms. We need to work to raise those numbers for the sake of our community and its future.”

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