JULIAN – Customers of the Julian Post Office received notice last week that the post office is being evaluated.
The Postal Service has established a review process for certain Post Offices known as the “POST Plan.”
The Julian Post Office was among the offices evaluated under the POST Plan criteria, according the United States Postal Serivce (USPS).
“The Postal Service is now soliciting community input through the enclosed survey to help determine the best course of action for providing postal services to your community,” the postal service told customers in a letter most received last week.
“After receiving the results of this survey, the Postal Service will examine the responses and, unless the community has a strong preference (more than 60 percent) for conducting a discontinuance study for the Julian Post Office and establishing one of the additional sources of services,” the letter went to to say. “The Postal Service intent is to maintain the Julian Post Office with six hours of window service each weekday. Current Saturday window service hours and access to delivery receptacles will not change as a result of the POST Plan realignment of weekday window service hours.”
In addition to this survey, the Postal Service will hold a meeting at Olive Baptist Church at Route 3, Little Horse Creek Road, Julian, WV 25529 on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014 at 5 p.m. to answer questions and provide additional information about POST Plan.
At the meeting, local management will share the results of the survey, answer questions, and solicit input regarding the time of day the Post Office will be open.
Although survey results will be known and shared, the Postal Service will not make a final decision regarding this office until after the public meeting, the letter added.
“This will enable the Postal Service to obtain all community input and opinions, from both the surveys and the meeting, before making a final decision,” the letter stated.
The Postal Service is also seeking locally established businesses or organizations to serve as contractor-operated postal retail units in communities like Julian, the USPS said.
“If you are interested in operating a postal retail unit, please visit the website at http://about.usps.com/news/electronic-press-kits/expandedaccess/welcome.htm for additional information,” the letter added. “Generally, these contractor-operated postal retail units will operate in combination with a community’s Post Office. However, selection of the third option in the attached survey indicated a preference of your Post Office to be studied for discontinuance with the establishment of a contractor-operated unit as a replacement for the Post Office.”