U.S. Postal Service real estate specialist Vee Spikes told the Times Monday that he had no new information related to the $270,000 post office USPS proposes to open later this year in Zanoni, MO. He referred future media inquiries to USPS strategic communications specialist Stacy St. John in Kansas City, who told the Times in a two-sentence email what was already known: “USPS is searching for an Alternate Quarters (AQ) location. A Community Contact Public meeting was held and the public comment period for the AQ process concludes on February 8th.”
Zanoni-area residents wishing to propose a site for the new modular building USPS plans to bring to Zanoni are directed to contact Spikes at 309-664-4627 or [email protected]; his mailing address is Facilities Implementation Team, 1211 Towanda Ave., Room 135, Bloomington, IL 61701..
A hand-out shared at the Jan. 8 meeting at the Gainesville post office said USPS is seeking to lease a 8,500-square-feet tract of land in the Zanoni area that is “clear of all debris with access to water and/or electricity” where the modular building can be located. The hand-out said USPS is “seeking a 10-year Ground Land Lease Agreement (5-years with 5-year option)” where it can install the modular building, which would be open two hours on weekdays and four hours on Saturdays, operated by a USPS part-time employee who would earn $12 an hour, with no benefits, according to information shared at the meeting.
Forty residents have Zanoni mailing addresses; since the closing of the Zanoni post office two years ago, mail to almost all of those residents has been delivered to roadside mailboxes from the Gainesville post office. Read more.