Post Office in Panama, IL, is temporarily closed due to building conditions


The Journal-News: Postal services at the Panama, Illinois, Post Office were suspended on Thursday, July 20, according to a letter that went out to postal patrons from Vicki Gourley, manager of post office operations in Wentzville, MO.

The letter described deficiencies in the building that necessitated the suspension of services.

“You can literally see daylight through the back wall,” Gourley told the newspaper on Tuesday.  “We’re working with the landlord now and hopefully we can get this resolved.”

The letter to postal patrons describes a leaking roof, rotting ceiling, and a settled foundation “allowing rodents and snakes to enter the building.” County information lists a property owner from Clarksdale, MS.

Gourley said the collection box at Panama is still in operation, but while other services are suspended, post office box customers may pick up their mail at the Sorento Post Office, 4.4 miles away.

Retail services are also available at the Donnellson Post Office, 3.1 miles away.

“If in the event we cannot reach an agreement on the repairs of the current location, a community meeting will be held to explain our plans and to solicit your comments concerning possible alternate means of providing postal and other services,” the letter to patrons states. Read more.

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