Local Businesses, Newspaper Delivery Suffering From Post Office Closing in Cadiz, Ohio

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Harrison News Herald: All across Cadiz, Ohio, businesses and residents are feeling the sting of the post office closing.  (The post office was closed by emergency suspension on Sept. 1, due to structural deficiencies in the building, which is owned by the USPS.)

After speaking with enough people one gets the impression that residents are ready to make their own Uncle Sam poster with the finger clearly pointed at the U.S. Postal Service: “I want you,” as in a post office.

Some are experiencing minor annoyances like buying stamps, but others, such as local businesses are feeling the pinch in a much stronger fashion.

Rich Bethel of Homeland Realty said he had to notify every supplier for an address change because he once had a post office box in Cadiz, but no more.

“I’ll have to place a mail box here now instead of just going to the post office,” he explained adding that temporarily at least, bills will have to be rerouted to his house.

Kidder Law located on West Market Street is experiencing the same problem regarding mail being rerouted in place of their usual post office box, according to Annette McCue. Certified mail now has to be taken to Jewett as well.

Other businesses say shipping things out is the main problem, with the major irritation among residents is where to buy stamps now that they cannot travel down to the end of South Main Street.  Read more.

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Push to save – and rename – Richmond post office continues

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Richmond Standard: The U.S. Postal Service’s recent announcement that it will sell the historic Main Post Office building at 1025 Nevin Ave in Richmond, Calif. has not slowed Congressman Mark DeSaulnier’s attempt to rename the 1938-built structure after a former Richmond postmaster.

“Mark will continue to push for the passage of the renaming legislation in tandem with his efforts to save the post office building from being sold,” his office announced Thursday.

For several months, DeSaulnier has been legislatively working to rename the Nevin Avenue branch as the “Harold D. McCraw, Sr., Post Office Building.” The legislation, H.R. 606, just unanimously passed the Oversight and Government and Reform Committee.

The renaming effort, however, has been complicated by a letter last month from USPS Vice President of Facilities Tom Samra, who stated the Postal Service was moving forward with relocating its operations from 1025 Nevin Ave. to 2100 Chanslor Ave., known as the McVittie Detached Delivery Unit. USPS then plans to sell the building.

While Samra’s letter called USPS’ decision “final,” DeSaulnier, Richmond Mayor Tom Butt and others have vowed to continue the fight to keep the post office open, arguing that it is centrally located near transportation and integral to the downtown’s revitalization and character.  Read more.

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Meeting scheduled on USPS plans to “relocate” and sell historic Lihue, Hawaii post office

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TheGardenIsland.com: United States Postal Service representatives will return to Kauai on Oct. 11 to bring the community up to speed on the potential relocation of the Lihue post office.

The meeting is set for 5 p.m. at War Memorial Convention Hall, and USPS real estate specialist Greg Shelton will be there to answer questions.

The Rice Street post office’s proposed new location is in the postal-owned carrier annex property by Lihue Airport.

It was Jan. 26 when the community learned about the plan to close the Lihue location and move it closer to the airport, 1.3 miles from the current location.

A public meeting held Feb. 23 to discuss the potential closure garnered about 150 people, many of whom offered comments on the closure, both in support of and highlighting concerns about the possible move.

Kauai resident Daniel Riley testified at the February meeting, saying the current location causes problems for cyclists and pedestrians, and he thinks it should be moved.

“I’ve seen some close calls,” he said at the meeting. “I know the automobiles don’t stop for the pedestrians.”

The potential decision also comes in the midst of a Rice Street renovation, and the $13 million project to revitalize the Lihue town core.

It’s also part of Kauai’s history.

The Spanish mission-style building is one of only two post offices in Hawaii constructed during the Great Depression, and has been tenured in downtown Lihue since it was built in 1939.

“The Lihue post office is an extremely important historic building in our town and for our island heritage,” said Pat Griffin, president of Lihue Business Association in February. “It’s a well-preserved example of a small, single-purpose post office still in excellent condition and well used today.”  Read more.

See the previous posts on the Lihue Post Office.

(Photo credits: Lihue Post Office, Tom Wakefield)

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Billions Served: Foot Traffic at the Post Office, an OIG report

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The USPS Office of Inspector General has just issued a white paper on retail foot traffic at the more than 30,000 USPS-run post offices.  The report shows that Americans visited post offices some 2.7 billion times in FY 2016 — about triple the Postal Service’s official figure for customer visits, which refers to transactions only. This has some important implications and suggests that USPS has been under-valuing its retail network. The report points to ways the Postal Service could use more complete foot traffic information to better manage post offices for the benefit of the American people.

Other key findings:

  • Post office foot traffic varies widely. The 450 largest locations have on average about as much foot traffic as Best Buy stores, while the next 7,000 largest have about as much traffic as CVS locations.
  • An OIG survey shows that Millennials actually visit post offices more often than older generations, but for different purposes.
  • Most visits don’t include a transaction. Instead, customers may check a PO box, pick up free shipping materials, or stick letters in the collection slot.

Following private sector best practices, USPS could use foot traffic information to make better retail decisions and improve customer service, sales, and efficiency.  Read the report here.

(By the way, the results of the OIG investigation largely confirm the speculations in a “Save the Post Office” article back in November 2011 entitled “How Many People Use the Post Office? Does the Postal Service Even Know?“)

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USPS Service Alerts for Hurricane Irma

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USPS Service AlertsHurricane Irma has left destruction across the Caribbean. The Category 5 hurricane is one of the strongest Atlantic storms ever recorded. It continues to track toward South Florida, where it could make landfall this weekend. Many residents have evacuated ahead of the dangerous winds and storm surge associated with this hurricane.

USPS operations have been impacted. Check “Service disruption alerts” or “Is my Post Office open” under “Residential customers” below for the latest information.

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(Photo credit: Post Office in Daytona Beach, Florida, Oct. 8, 2016, after Hurricane Matthew)

 

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Harlem Post Office to Relocate But Residents Fear Continued Poor Service

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DNAinfo: The U.S. Postal Service wants the community to know there will be no change in service when the College Station Post Office at 140th Street relocates two blocks south.

That’s what residents are afraid of.

Gregory Lackey, a realty asset manager for the USPS, told residents Wednesday night that the new building has 2,900 square feet, three service counters, and an automated postal machine. They hope to complete the move to 138th Street and Frederick Douglass Boulevard by April.

“If there’s no difference in services then the complaints that the community is expressing to you, why would they be any different at the new site?” asked Stanley Gleaton, a member of the community board.

Other residents demanded that the new post office have a dedicated line for seniors so that they don’t have to stand for long periods of time while they wait for a long line to move.  Read more.

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