USPS OIG reports on Emergency Suspension Process

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Personnel did not consistently comply with policies and procedures to ensure suspension decisions had an independent review, customers were appropriately notified, required approvals were obtained, or action plans were developed.

Emergency suspension to a small town post office: “It’s frustrating.”

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KSNW: “It’s a meeting place,” Roxeanne Sexton said. “You see your neighbors that you haven’t seen in awhile. You sit there, talk and see how they’ve been doing.”  Roxeanne Sexton has lived in Albert, Kansas, for eight years, and is just around the corner from the post office, a place she visits everyday. “Well I’m disabled,” she said. “So, it’s … Read More

Closure of Post Office in North Canton, OH riles residents

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Cleveland 19: On Saturday, the North Canton, Ohio, Post Office branch will shut its doors, for what could be the last time. The USPS’s lease with the owner of the current location on North Main Street is over, and since the owner wants to sell, the postal service is out. “That makes me sick,” said Lisa Firestone, who frequents the … Read More

Stamp of approval: Rapidan, VA Post Office expected to reopen July 28

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Orange County Review: After a hiatus of three and a half months, the Post Office in Rapidan, Virginia, is expected to reopen at 8 a.m. Saturday, July 28, pending final approval from the U.S. Postal Service. The post office on Locust Dale Road abruptly closed in mid-April after an inspection initiated by the USPS turned up mold and structural problems. … Read More

Bishopville, SC still without post office 18 months after arson damaged building

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WISTV10: The city of Bishopville remains without a formal post office 18 months after a suspected arson damaged the existing building. In January 2017, fire officials were called to an overnight fire at the post office. Most of the damage to the building was the result of smoke and water. However, a year and a half later, residents are curious as … Read More

Toxic mold closes Corinth, NY post office, relocation expected

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Albany Times Union: Toxic mold has forced the closure of the post office in Corinth, and likely the operation will be moving to a new location and reopen before the Christmas rush, said town Supervisor Richard Lucia on Friday. A burst water pipe several months ago in the building at 97 Main St. sparked the mold outbreak that forced the … Read More

Mulkeytown, IL Post Office closes its doors

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WSIL: What was known as the ‘final gathering place’ of Mulkeytown, Ill., has closed. The Mulkeytown Post Office has officially closed its doors. The building was leased to the St. Louis United States Postal Service Distribution Center, but the landlords wanted to do something else with the building, so they did not renew the lease. The Communication Coordinator for the Distribution Center, … Read More

Inspector General asks, Are Emergency Suspensions of USPS Facilities Executed in Compliance with Policies and Procedures?

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USPS OIG: Postal Service properties may be vacated due to events such as network optimization efforts, emergency suspensions, and/or staffing shortages. A decision to close or consolidate a Post Office (also known as a discontinuance) must be based on specific criteria, such as the effect on the community served and employees, compliance with government policy, and the economic savings to … Read More

Mold closes post office in Rapidan, VA

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Orange County Review: Call it the case of the missing post office. When residents of Rapidan, VA, went to their local post office on Locust Dale Road at the end of last week, they discovered it locked.  The front door bore witness to startling news. “Due to unforeseen circumstances, this Post Office will be closed until further notice,” the sign read. … Read More

Congressmen bite at chance to save Pie Town’s post office

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Santa Fe New Mexican: Days to the primary election: 48.  New Mexican as apple pie. Three members of Congress are campaigning to save a slice of Americana — the endangered post office in Pie Town. Pie Town, about 220 miles southwest of Santa Fe in Catron County, is an unincorporated outpost of about 150 people. The U.S. Postal Service has decided … Read More

Here’s what happened to the Milan Post Office that closed on in Norfolk, VA

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The Virginia Pilot: Post Office mailboxes seem to be on every corner until you need them. After the U.S. Postal Service closed a location at 38th Street and Colley Avenue in Norfolk, Virginia, a reader who used the office wanted to know why it was shut down – and, perhaps more importantly, where’s the nearest place to drop off outgoing … Read More

Downtown post office in Lufkin, Texas, closing temporarily, then relocating

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Lufkin News: The Downtown Post Office in Lufkin, Texas, is only closing temporarily until an alternative site in close proximity to downtown is located, as the United States Postal Service doesn’t plan to renew the lease at the current location on East Lufkin Avenue, according to a USPS spokesman. Downtown Post Office box holders received a letter Tuesday stating that … Read More