Pulaski Town Council to vote on resolution to re-open post office

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Pulaski Town Council is getting ready to vote on a resolution asking the federal government to re-open its post office. The building was closed with only a day’s notice following an OSHA investigation into mold.

Town Manager Shawn Utt says it’s now been closed for more than a week, and he has very few answers as to why the building even closed in the first place. He says, this resolution is asking for those answers, and explaining how the loss is hurting the town.

“You can tell just the downtown area, the foot traffic is not there,” said Utt.

Utt says being able to walk to the post office is a community staple in Pulaski.

“I would estimate 30, 35 percent of the patrons walk there, so within a four or five block radius, six block radius, to be able to get to Dublin is a huge impediment to those citizens,” said Utt.  Read more.

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Post Office announces move to former Sears store in Council Bluffs, Iowa

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nonpareilonline.com: Postal Service officials confirmed late Friday afternoon that the former Sears building at the Mall of the Bluffs has been selected as the new site for the Council Bluffs, Iowa, Post Office.

The selection of the Mall of the Bluffs site follows a community meeting and review of all public feedback, according to a Postal Service release.

“Because of maintenance concerns at the current facility, the Postal Service must find a new location,” said USPS Vice President of Facilities Tom Samra.

The Postal Service subleases its current location at 8 S. Sixth St. from the General Services Administration, which has announced they intend to terminate their overall lease for the property in early 2018.  Read more.

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Postmaster of Yakima County’s smallest post office brings cheer to Brownstown

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yakimaherald.com: As postmaster of Yakima County’s smallest post office, Lorena Hartzog talks business much of the time, but her job also offers the chance to chat with customers about their favorite pastimes — and hers.

“I finally got an eagle shot,” Hartzog said of her photo showing the regal bird perched on a skeletal branch amid low brush. “People would come in and tell me where one was.”

Hartzog began taking photos soon after she started working at the Brownstown, Washington, post office in February 2008. The Canon EOS 40D was a present from husband Jim. Since then, she’s taken more than 135,000 photos, she estimates.

A couple hundred of her photos slowly scroll through a digital display frame on the retail counter where Hartzog leans forward to greet visitors. There’s a dish with a few pieces of candy and shipping boxes displayed with prices.

In late July 2011, the U.S. Postal Service announced it was considering closing the Brownstown post office among more than 30 others statewide. About 1,200 post offices nationwide faced possible closure as the Postal Service looked to stem losses totaling $8 billion in 2010.

After public outcry, the postal service backed down from closing the Brownstown office, compromising with reduced retail window hours to match customer use as part of a national strategy to keep its smallest post offices open and thus retain a crucial cornerstone of many rural communities.  Read more.

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Post Office in Panama, IL, is temporarily closed due to building conditions

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The Journal-News: Postal services at the Panama, Illinois, Post Office were suspended on Thursday, July 20, according to a letter that went out to postal patrons from Vicki Gourley, manager of post office operations in Wentzville, MO.

The letter described deficiencies in the building that necessitated the suspension of services.

“You can literally see daylight through the back wall,” Gourley told the newspaper on Tuesday.  “We’re working with the landlord now and hopefully we can get this resolved.”

The letter to postal patrons describes a leaking roof, rotting ceiling, and a settled foundation “allowing rodents and snakes to enter the building.” County information lists a property owner from Clarksdale, MS.

Gourley said the collection box at Panama is still in operation, but while other services are suspended, post office box customers may pick up their mail at the Sorento Post Office, 4.4 miles away.

Retail services are also available at the Donnellson Post Office, 3.1 miles away.

“If in the event we cannot reach an agreement on the repairs of the current location, a community meeting will be held to explain our plans and to solicit your comments concerning possible alternate means of providing postal and other services,” the letter to patrons states. Read more.

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Portland postal workers rally to save jobs and service

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Communities and Postal Workers United (CPWU) press release: Postal workers and customers rallied today at the Main Post Office in Portland to protest job cuts that are causing reductions in service to the public, including longer lines and phone calls unanswered at retail locations, and delay of mail delivery.

Postal management has so far cut dozens of jobs of retail and mail processing clerks in the Portland area this year. Dozens more are targeted as part of announced cuts that would reduce staffing by 12,000 nationwide.

A letter from APWU President Mark Dimondstein and National Postal Mail Handlers Union President Paul Hogrogian to Postmaster General Megan Brennan explained, “The cutting of an already skeletal workforce will not only cause massive disruption to the workforce but will cause further degradation of postal services for the American people throughout the country.”

While the Postal Service has experienced a decline in letter mail, the Postal Service has emerged as the mainstay of parcel delivery, as consumers move much of their retail purchases to online providers. The Postal Service has announced financial losses due to advance funding of retiree benefits that were mandated by Congress in 2006, but has been breaking even or making a profit on operations for the last five years.

July 26, also known as Postal Heritage Day, was chosen to kick off this campaign because it is the birthday of the U.S. Postal Service, which was chartered by the Continental Congress on July 26, 1775. Rally participants were served birthday cake with the words “Happy 242nd, USPS, Cut Cake Not Jobs” and the nation’s first postmaster general, Benjamin Franklin (played by retired letter carrier, David Medford), share words of wisdom:

We need a revolutionary Postmaster General who will fight for the postal service, against the tyranny of the privatizers, against the oppression of the union busters.  We need revolutionary postal workers who will spread the alarm to every corner of this nation.  We need a revolutionary Congress that will fight the tyranny of the 1%, that will fight the oppression of the corporate profiteers.  We need a revolutionized postal service that will deliver on-time, 6 days a week, door-to-door.  We need same day pickup and delivery.   We need post offices that are open at night.  We need post offices that provide banking services, one-stop government services, and internet access.  We need a postal service which will bind the nation together.  We, the people, have a Constitutionally mandated post office which we must defend and revolutionize for our children and our children’s children.” 

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Post Office Relocation Will Be On Agenda For Next Board Meeting in St. Mary, MO

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Ste. Genevieve Herald: Representatives of the U.S. Postal Service requested a place on the agenda for the city of St, Mary Board of Aldermen meeting on Thursday, August 10, to discuss plans for relocating the post office in St, Mary, Missouri.

The Postal Service sent notification to city officials as well as public notices.  The meeting is set for 6 p.m.

The notice states the Postal Service “has been granted to acquire a new ground lease space consisting of 8,500 square feet for a new local retail modular building.”

It is seeking land to lease for 10 years — an initial five-year lease with a second five-year renewal term.

The St. Mary Post Office had been located in a portion of the Lawbaugh Building, 676 Second St., from April 2006 until the New Year’s Flood event of December 2015/January 2016.  The Postal Service placed temporary mailboxes in front of the former post office after last year’s flood.  Read more.

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