The Power community is one step closer to securing a new U.S. Post Office.
The facilities division of the U.S. Postal Service announced on Nov. 20 that a final decision was made regarding the relocation of retail services for the Power community. From a proposed list of seven sites, the USPS selected a vacant lot on Central Avenue in Power owned by the Power American Legion. The property sits just north of the Power Community Hall, also owned by Legion.
Doug Anderson, postmaster at Fairfield and Power, said this is a step-by-step process.
During an Oct. 17 meeting, postal officials presented the list of possible sites to the 50-plus Power residents in attendance a community meeting. They outlined the pros and cons and stated for a variety of reasons the Central Avenue property was the top selection. Following the meeting, the public had 30 days to comment on the proposed site before the USPS could move forward with the project.
Despite all of details of the site and building being overseen by other divisions of the Postal Service, he anticipates the next step will be working with the property owners on the details of the lease.
With winter weather already here, Anderson doesn’t foresee any site work being done until spring.
However, once the paperwork is completed, postal officials at the Oct. 17 meeting said work would start on the modular building to be used for the post office. The plans call for a 16-feet wide by 40-feet long modular building. The building that will come in two parts will house at least 70 boxes and a number of boxes for parcel pickup. The building will include a lobby area and window in front with the boxes, in the back a sorting area, receiving and departing area for the mail along with a restroom for the staff.
The site will include several parking spaces including two handicapped accessible.
Greg Shelton, a real estate specialist with the USPS Facilities Department, said it would take several months for the building to be built, the site prepared and the delivery completed. He was anticipating work to begin in early spring.
“I can safety say if there are no lengthy delays, the Post Office should be up and running by June or July,” Shelton said.
Postmaster Anderson expressed appreciation for the understandings of the residents in Power. Since May when the USPS was unable to reach an agreement with the former landlord to continue the lease of the former facility, the 64 Power residents’ mail has been sorted and delivered from the Dutton Post Office.
“When the process is all completed, Power will have a new facility, in a great location, that will service the patrons for years to come,” Anderson said.
Anderson said he heard a few complaints regarding locating the postal services in Dutton to begin with, as would be expected. But by and large, most patrons of the Post Office understand this is temporary, he added.
Maintaining Power’s “59468” U.S. Postal Zip code and having a post office to use for years to come is the end goal for all involved, Anderson said.