Quebeck Post Office could cease operation
Posted By Sparta Live | August 24, 2009 12:00 am
(Editor’s note: The following information was provided by Flo Denton, Quebeck-Walling Community Club public information officer).
A community landmark that has long served as the postal service for the Quebeck community may be on a list designated for closure in the near future.
According to Flo Denton, public information officer for Quebeck-Walling Community Club, more than 30 area residents gathered for a meeting Aug. 18, 2009, at the community center, to discuss the fate of their post office.
In a letter dated Aug. 3, 2009, Sandra K. Quick, manager of Post Office Operations, reportedly notified the 15 individuals who have post office boxes at this location that the U.S. Postal Service was “looking into” closing Quebeck Post Office.
Quick, along with Fred Peterson, manager of Operations Programs Support and three other U.S. Postal Service representatives, held a town hall meeting to discuss the proposed closure and answer questions.
According to Denton, State Representative Charles Curtiss and White County Executive Herd Sullivan also attended the meeting.
The major concern from residents was the elimination of post office boxes. One woman reportedly stated she had been receiving her business mail more than 30 years at one of the post office boxes. She expressed concern about the safety of curbside mailboxes because of the checks she receives by mail, as well as numerous packages.
Another woman reportedly said her curbside mailbox had been broken into at least four times and checks had been stolen from her outgoing mail. She stated she now uses Quebeck Post Office to mail her bill payments. Other individuals said they walk to the post office daily to conduct business.
Quick reportedly informed the residents that lockable mailboxes could be used for curbside mail delivery. In addition, she said Doyle and Walling post offices were both within five miles of Quebeck Post Office, and both have post office boxes available for rent.
Quick reportedly said transferring post office box mail delivery to either Doyle or Walling would require a change in address.
Peterson was asked about the possibility of providing a “kiosk” or other type area for just the post office boxes. He said that idea was a possibility. This type facility would be serviced by the mail carrier. Sullivan advised White County owns some land near Quebeck Community Center that could be used for that purpose
According to Quick, no formal proposal had been made about the closing of Quebeck Post Office. According to the “Summary of Post Office Change Regulations,” if the decision was made to close the post office, “a written proposal is prominently posted for 60 days at the affected post offices, along with an invitation for comments,” which formally invites customer comments.
At the end of the 60-day comment period, additional review will take place.