Meeting set on moving Youngstown’s North Side post office


WFMJ: People using a post office on the North Side of Youngstown, Ohio, may have to go elsewhere if the United States Postal Service has its way.

Postal officials have notified the city that they want to relocate services offered at the current branch at 1716 Guadalupe Avenue.

A letter from U.S. Postal Service Real Estate Specialist David Wolff to Youngstown Mayor John McNally says the postal service is considering the relocation as a cost cutting measure.  The post office letter says that because people are utilizing electronic communication, fewer letters are being mailed.

An official from the post office will discuss what is being characterized as “tentative” plans for the move at a public hearing scheduled in Youngstown City Council Chambers, 26 S. Phelps Street, on March 27, 3 p.m.  Read more.


The coconuts are in the mail: Citizens challenge proposal to close the Lihue Post Office (video)


The Postal Service is planning to close the post office in Lihue, Hawaii, and to sell the building, a historic structure built in 1939 during the New Deal that is on the Hawaii State Register and the National Register of Historic Places.  The Postal Service plans to relocate retails services to a USPS facility at the airport.

This video  features the public meeting on the proposed closure, as well as Kauai Mayor Bernard Carvalho delivering coconuts to mail to USPS real estate specialist Dean Cameron. (Mailing coconuts is not unusual in Hawaii thanks to the Post-a-Nut program, begun in 1991 by Hoolehua Postmaster Margaret Keahi-Leary.)

The video was put together by Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School students.

There’s more about the closing of the Lihue post office here and here.

Architect Palmer Hafdahl with Kauai Mayor Bernard Carvalho delivering coconuts to mail to USPS real estate specialist Dean Cameron (Photo by Pat Griffin)

(Photo: Coconuts signed and ready for mailing, by Pat Griffin)


Rep. Adrian Smith weighs in on Grand Island post office relocation proposal

SteveBlog A controversial proposal to move the downtown post office in Grand Island, NE to the city’s west side is getting a lot of attention.

Just weeks ago, residents voiced their frustrations with the change at a public forum and now that discussion is continuing in our nation’s capital.

A controversial proposal to relocate the only post office in a town of 50,000 residents is on Congressman Adrian Smith’s radar.

“I have heard from Nebraskans specifically folks from around Grand Island,” Rep. Adrian Smith (R-NE) said.

The U.S. Postal Service may relocate its only office in the heart of downtown to a postal owned facility over three miles away. According to the USPS, the reason for the move is to save money.  Read more.

(Photo credit: News Channel Nebraska)


Congressman wants fair warning of closure of historic Richmond CA post office


Richmond Standard: An announcement by the U.S. Post Office earlier this year that it intends to close the 1025 Nevin Ave. branch and sell the property has prompted action by Congressman Mark DeSaulnier (CA-11).

DeSaulnier is demanding that the U.S. Postal Service provide at least 10 days advance notice to Congressional offices if and when it decides to close, sell, move or reduce operations at any branch.

The congressman introduced the advanced-notice measure in the bipartisan Postal Service Reform Act (H.R. 756). The measure is expected to be voted on in the House of Representatives in the near future and was unanimously adopted by the Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

DeSaulnier has expressed an intention to fight to keep the 1025 Nevin Ave. branch open. He said with advance warning of a branch’s closure or sale, the public has a chance to share thoughts and concerns. He wasn’t happy that he learned about the impending closure the same way the public did: Via a paper notice posted at the branch on Jan. 25.  Read more.


Community upset over Whitehaven post office closing in Memphis, TN


WMC Action News: Some people in the Whitehaven community in Memphis, Tenn. [a predominantly African-American community], are boiling mad about plans to close a longtime neighborhood post office.

Memphis Congressman Steve Cohen and some Memphis City Council Members are calling for the Postal Service to reconsider plans to relocate the Louis Carruthers Post Office from Whitehaven to Hacks Cross Road.

Spencer Green said he has used this post office frequently for years–sometimes several times during the week.

“The next one that I know of is kind of down Winchester, so that’s a little ways away so this way is real convenient,” Green said.

Now the U.S. Postal Service wants to relocate the Louis Carruthers Post Office that’s in Whitehaven right by Memphis International Airport.

“That’s crazy…that’s crazy,” Green said.  Read more.


Fire Destroys Winthrop ME Post Office and Its Contents


Maine NewsOfficials say a fire swept through the post office in downtown Winthrop, destroying both the building and the pieces of mail that were inside.

Crews say the blaze began around 9 a.m. Tuesday. A clerk saw a ceiling tile fall and smoke began spreading through building.

Everyone safely evacuated, but fire officials say flames consumed the building within minutes.

Town Fire Chief Dan Brooks says faulty heating equipment in the ceiling may have started the fire. The cause remains under investigation.

The U.S. Postal Service says there is no timetable for resuming operations.

Source: Read more.

(Photo credits: Fire at Winthrop PO; Winthrop PO)


Fort Pierce FL finds buyer for historic Orange Avenue post office


TC Palm: After two years and five offers, city officials finally sold the historic post office building at the northwest corner of Orange Avenue and Fifth Street in Fort Pierce, .

The City Commission on Tuesday accepted the $139,000 offer from Fort Pierce residents Stanley and Jean Synkoski for the half-acre lot at 500 Orange Ave. that the couple plans to turn into a food, beverage and retail center featuring local goods.

“We want to capture the essence and the energy of the downtown Fort Pierce Farmer’s Market, but put it in a building seven days a weeks,” Stanley Synkoski said Friday.

Construction could start this summer, said Stanley Synkoski, who has 40 years in the hospitality industry and is a partner in a group that operates food, beverage and specialty retail products n airports.

The retail center would sell beach apparel, jewelry, arts and crafts from local artists, handmade candles, home décor and stationary, according to city records…

The 82-year-old, two-story building with the entrance facing Orange Avenue has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 2002 for its architectural significance….

The city purchased the property for $100,000 from the U.S. Postal Service in 2002.  Read more.


Closing Laurie, MO Post Office Is ‘Unjust And Unfair,’ Alderman Says, As City Officials Contact Lawmakers

SteveBlog City officials are trying to bring back a post office to Laurie, Missouri, but a local postmaster says it might be a lost cause.

The United States Postal Service closed the Laurie Contract Postal Unit on Tuesday, Jan. 31, and all post office box mail for the city was moved to the Gravois Mills post office, eight miles away.

“The impact is unjust and unfair,” Alderman Jeff Chorpening said, in the Tuesday, Feb. 14 board meeting. The city has sent letters to state and federal representatives and senators asking for assistance in reopening the unit. As of the Tuesday meeting, they had not heard anything back from elected officials….

Laurie has had a contract postal unit (CPU) since 1961. 

A CPU is a supplier-leased site operated by the supplier, under contract with the USPS. Bryant’s Osage Outdoors had hosted the postal unit for five years, but elected not to renew their contract in 2017, due to being unable to renegotiate a raise in the percentage they were paid to operate the unit….

According to Gravois Mills Postmaster Pam Payne, nothing can be done. “A moratorium was placed on CPU’s in July 2016,” Payne said. “It was accepted by Congress and we are a federal entity. This means no ‘new’ contracts can be approved.”  Read more.


Help Save the Lihue Post Office


Historic Hawaii FoundationThe post office in Lihue, Hawaii, is on the Hawai‘i State Register and the National Register of Historic Places.  The Postal Service is now planning to “relocate” the post office and sell the building.

This is the first stand-alone post office on Kaua‘i built in 1939.  The original proposed design, a Depression-era mission-style fortress, was met by a storm of protest by Kaua‘i citizens led by postal engineer Floyd Williams, who successfully championed a redesign. The revised design was the architecturally popular Spanish mission revival style prevalent in the 1930s. The post office is one of 3 Mediterranean-style buildings in the town core constructed during that decade.

It took 10 years from the time territorial senator Charles Rice introduced a resolution to the U.S. Congress to provide funds for a new post office until Līhu‘e Post Office’s dedication in 1939.  According to members of the business and local community it is an integral part of life in Līhu‘e and complements efforts to enhance and grow a walkable downtown area.

Closure of Līhu‘e Post Office was announced via a Public Notice posted on January 23 in the lobby of the building located at 4441 Rice Street.  The notice solicited public comments on a proposal to end postal operations at that facility. A follow-up message later clarified that the proposal being considered is to consolidate USPS retail operations currently located at 4441 Rice Street with our USPS Carrier Annex facility at 3230 Kapule Highway.

A “Save Our Post Office” effort has begun.  Read more.

Update: There’s more on the Lihue post office relocation here.


Carper requests GSA review of Old Post Office lease


Dover Post: U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Ranking Member Claire McCaskill, D-Missouri, and Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations Ranking Member Tom Carper, D-Delaware, sent a letter to General Services Administration Inspector General Carol Ochoa requesting a review of GSA’s management of the lease with the Trump Old Post Office to develop and manage the Old Post Office Building in Washington, D.C.

“Since President Trump took the oath of office, the Trump Old Post Office, LLC appears to be in breach of the plain language of the lease agreement,” the letter read, in part.

“Despite the warning signs from members of Congress and ethics watchdogs, GSA chose not to take any action to address or enforce this provision of the lease or the other steps to mitigate the difficulties the lease creates for GSA and other government officials who oversee management of the agreement. Your office is in a unique position to review GSA’s management of the lease of the Old Post Office Building and identify any potential missteps.”

The senators reminded Ochoa that the GSA IG office has previously led reviews of matters of significance, including audits of the Public Buildings Service’s lease administration practices.  Read more.

(Photo: Trump Hotel)