|Postal Service considering closing, consolidation of Enders Post Office|
|Written by Wauneta Breeze|
|Thursday, 14 July 2011 20:48|
By Jan Schultz
The Imperial Republican
It certainly wasn’t news customers of the Enders Post Office wanted to hear.
That’s the news that the small post office on Highway 6 between Imperial and Wauneta is being studied “for possible closing or consolidation.”
The letter, sent to Enders postal customers recently, cited reduction in workload and reduced customer demand as reasons for the possible closing or consolidation.
The letter said the possible changes are tentative “and will not lead to a formal proposal unless we conclude that it will provide a maximum degree of regular and effective service.”
A meeting was set for Wednesday this week, July 13, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Enders Church of the Brethren, at which postal representatives were to attend and take questions.
The U.S. Post Office in Enders is being considered for closing or consolidation. Post office box customers in Enders are being asked to think about a possible change to rural route service. (Imperial Republican Photo)
There hasn’t been a Postmaster at Enders since June 1997. Betty Krausnick of Wauneta has served as Officer-in-Charge there since 2005.
She reports there are 33 rented mailboxes in the post office. The Enders Post Office also serves 49 other customers on rural routes.
Barbara Brown of Imperial, a former Postmaster at Enders, owns the building occupied by the post office.
Alberta Grosbach of Enders, who lives just off Highway 6 north of town, said she is not happy with the discussion of closing their local post office.
She feared that would happen years ago when First State Bank, the post office’s biggest customer then, closed its Enders location. However, the post office did not close, and there was no discussion to do so then, she said.
There are a lot of local residents using the post office daily, she said, besides those who have post office boxes.
For the 50 years she has lived there, she said she’s always brought her mail into the post office to go out, rather than leave it in her rural mailbox for pickup. She feels that is more secure.
“And, since I travel a lot, I always ask the post office to hold my mail there,” she said.
Grosbach has also been in contact with State Sen. Mark Christensen of Imperial.
While he is not able to do much personally about the possible closing/consolidation since it’s a federal issue, he did have some advice for Enders postal customers.
“It’s very important that the community get involved if they want to save it,” Sen. Christensen said.
“They need to tell why it (closing) would be detrimental to the community and how it would harm them,” he said.
Christensen compared this situation to proposed closings of several Farm Service Agency (FSA) offices in southwest Nebraska a couple years ago. One targeted was in Hayes County.
“The community there rallied and saved that office. People there responded in droves,” he said.
Christensen was unable to attend the meeting this week in Enders, but said he has sent letters about it to postal officials directly.
The state senator said he has also learned that post offices in Venango and Parks, also in his district, were on the list of tentative closure or consolidation, as well.
According to U.S. Postal Service regulations, there will be a 60-day public posting of this proposal then a public notice of final decision for 30 days.
Customers have 30 days to appeal the decision to the U.S. Postal Regulatory Commission, which shall respond within 120 days of a decision.
Discontinuation of service shall not be sooner than 60 days after the public notice of their final decision.