Iowa City post office relocation not going as promised

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The Postal Service is relocating the main post office in Iowa City, and after promising city officials that the new office would be downtown, the Postal Service is now looking at two locations that aren't near downtown.  The public may submit comments until November 1, but it's not likely they will have much effect on what happens.  Read more.

USPS #fail

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BY ZOË KEATING I usually save my blog for music issues. This isn’t a music issue but everything is connected. That sense that the world is falling apart, that we can’t get our sh*t together … it affects me. So I’m going to self-indulgently vent … and then go write some angst-filled music. Here’s the story. On Oct 14, I … Read More

The path to postal nirvana: An entitlement program for the mail industry

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BY MARK JAMISON The postal monopolies have been the subject of much discussion recently.  In last month’s Senate hearings, Senator Tom Coburn of Oklahoma offered his view that the monopolies weren’t worth much anymore so the Postal Service doesn’t need much regulatory control.  In the same hearing, Ruth Goldway, Chairman of the PRC, expressed concern that eliminating or modifying the … Read More

Historic Stamford post office lamp damaged

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First the Postal Service closes the Stamford, Conn., post office on two-days' notice because it wants to sell the building.  Now one of the two large ornate bronze lamps in front of the shuttered historic downtown post office has been ripped off its pedestal and damaged, possibly by vandals.  The closure and sale of the post office are being challenged … Read More

Historic Plant City FL post office closing permanently

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In June, the Postal Service temporarily closed the post office in Plant City, Florida, for an emergency suspension due to deterioration in the basement, discovered on a routine inspection.  Now the Postal Service is doing a discontinuance review to close the post office permanently.  The post office was built in 1935, and it has problems like a leaky roof and … Read More

Coralville, IA post office relocating to carrier annex in industrial zone

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City officials in Coralville, Iowa, are fighting the Postal Service's decision to relocate the main post office to a carrier annex in an industrial zone unsuitable for retail use.  City Councilor Mitch Gross said he wasn't surprised by the decision.  “I felt at the public input meeting they weren’t taking our concerns seriously.”   The city will appeal the relocation … Read More

Whitsett, TX post office closed over lease issue

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The Postal Service has closed the post office in Whitsett, Texas, for an emergency suspension because of it was unable to negotiate a renewal of the lease with the landlord.  The Whitsett post office was on the list of 3,700 facilities slated for closure in 2011, then it was put on the POStPlan list and had its hours reduced to four a … Read More

Alton KS post office suspended for building conditions

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The Postal Service has closed the post office in Alton, Kansas, for an emergency suspension because of what it describes as "deteriorating building conditions."  Alton's Mayor Eldon Hartzler thinks they just want to close the post office, period.  The Alton post office was on the list of 3,700 facilities slated for closure in 2011, then it was put on the … Read More

How would an exigent rate increase impact mail volumes and revenues?

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The Postal Service’s request to the Postal Regulatory Commission for an exigent rate increase is on hold right now due to the government shutdown.  The Request, along with testimony from three Postal Service witnesses and a slew of tables, was submitted on September 26.  Before the shutdown happened, the Chairman had filed a couple of requests for additional information, but … Read More

Historic Berkeley Post Office is listed for sale on CBRE website

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The historic post office in Berkeley, California, is now being listed on the USPS-CBRE Properties for Sale website.  No price yet.  The listing went up over this past weekend, and it has already evoked some colorful responses. City councilman Jesse Arreguín released the following statement: ”It’s not often that one encounters such brazen bad faith — even in politics!  The USPS cannot on … Read More