From: Susan Althoff
Last week the residents of Minnesota City received a letter from the United State Postal Service marked “Official Notice — Open Immediately — Action May be Required.” Hopefully those residents opened that letter and did not consider it to be more junk mail.
Inside was a customer survey in which they were to select an alternate plan for service and actual office hours. Other options were to study the discontinuance of the office and find alternate access points. The last option was to discontinue the office and relocate to a nearby Post Office. If the office remains open the hours are going to be cut back and residents can list their preference. None of the options are ideal. All of these are important issues for Minnesota City mail service.
Those currently receiving delivery services would not be affected by this Post Office plan at this time but the actual office will be. Those of us who regularly use the Minnesota City Post Office need everyone to respond to that letter. There will also be a meeting held on this issue at city hall, 147 Mill Street, Minnesota City, on July 31, 2014, at 2:30 p.m. to answer questions and provide additional information. Unfortunately this meeting is planned for the middle of a work day. The results of this survey will be shared. Survey deadline is listed as July 17 and a postage-paid envelop is provided.
The Minnesota City Post Office was established in 1852. Although the original location was moved many years ago the service has been invaluable to residents of Hidden Valley, Saehler/Anderson additions, Gunderson addition, Stockton Valley on County Road 23, Middle Valley, along Highway 61 from Goodview to Lock & Dam No. 5, Wenonah Road, up Highway 248 to Rollingstone and on the ridge above Rollingstone, and newer additions of Sunny Acres and Country Meadows and of course, the town itself. All of these areas currently have a Minnesota City address.
Maybe you have never been to that Post Office, but the staff there has been loyal and attentive to your mail needs. They faithfully sort and deliver mail, mail packages and sell stamps to well over 900 households and businesses.
Please take the time to respond. Yes, we can make a difference. It would be a shame if the last option was chosen.