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Friday, 04 November 2011 18:24

By Jan Schultz

The Imperial Republican

 

U.S. Postal Service (USPS) officials are now in the comment review process on whether or not to close the Enders Post Office.

A similar meeting like the one at Champion last week was held in Enders July 13, when residents were informed of the possible changes coming in the way their postal services were provided. Those changes included closing the post office.

The comment period following that meeting ended last Thursday, Oct. 27.

Brian Sperry of Denver, a regional spokesman for the USPS, said Tuesday all of the written comments and statements from the July meeting in Enders are now being reviewed at Postal Service headquarters.

He believes a determination will be made by mid-November on whether the USPS will keep the doors open at the Enders Post Office or not.

If there is a proposal to close, a notice will be placed at the post offices in both Enders and Imperial. Customers will have 30 days to appeal the decision.

If the decision is made to move to an all rural service for Enders customers, Sperry said the administrative office for the rural route would be out of Imperial. According to the USPS, discontinuation of service will be no sooner than 60 days after the posting of their determination.

Sperry noted that some communities facing the possible closing of their post offices are opting for a “Village Post Office,” which operates under contract with the USPS.

In most cases, they are operated out of a local business and offer the sale of the more popular USPS products including Forever stamps, pre-paid Priority Mail, flat rate envelopes and packages and post office boxes.

Under the Village Post Office Concept, Sperry said, customers could elect to have their mail delivered by rural carrier to a centralized box unit (individual locking mailboxes) that would be located either inside or directly outside the business.