No go in Ohio: Judge wimps out


It would have been big.  For only the second time in history, a city took the Postal Service to court to stop it from closing a post office.

Last week, the city of Akron requested  a temporary restraining order to stop the closing of the Goodyear Heights Post Office at the end of the day on Friday.  But on Friday morning, Judge John Adams of the US District Court for Northern Ohio (a Bush appointee in 2003) denied a preliminary injunction, saying he didn’t feel he had the authority to make such a ruling.

The closure has been appealed to the Postal Regulatory Commission, but its opinion won’t be announced until September.  According to Akron News Now, ciity officials have been frustrated in their efforts to get a copy of the Postal Service’s study justifying the closure, but the PRC has ordered the Postal Service to share the report so the city can examine its validity.

The first city to go to court to stop a post office closing was in February of this year, when Tuscaloosa, Alabama requested an injunction, to no avail.  The city’s brief stated that the Postal Service had classified the East Side postal facility as a “station” instead of a full-fledged “post office,” so that it did not, in the Postal Service’s opinion, need to follow the extensive, formal review required by law for a closing.  Tuscaloosa argued that the post office was a post office.

About half of the population in the Goodyear Heights neighborhood is senior citizens, and the nearest post office is four miles away.  A spokesperson for the Postal Service said they were pleased with the judge’s decision.

(Photo credit: Goodyear Heights p.o.)