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Future of Port Royal Post Office is topic of community meeting

Posted on Tuesday, June 10, 2014 at 4:43 pm

The Port Royal Post Office will have a community meeting July 8 at 2 p.m. to answer questions and provide additional information about options for the office’s future.

At the meeting, local management will share the results of survey and answer questions that are being sent to customers within the 22535 ZIP code and to Post Office Box customers. If you do not receive a survey by June 17 and would like to fill one out, surveys are available at the counter.

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. 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.

Below are the options that the Postal Service is considering:

1. Keep the office open, based on actual office workload. In the case of Port Royal PO, hours would be reduced from eight hours each weekdays to six hours per weekday. Current Saturday hours will not change as a result of POST Plan and access to your delivery receptacles will not be impacted by POST Plan.

2. Conduct a discontinuance study for the office and offer roadside mailbox delivery. Retail and delivery service would be provided through a rural carrier. Mail delivery points will be established and customers can purchase most postal services through the carrier or other alternative access points.

3. Conduct a discontinuance study for the office and find a suitable alternative location operated by a contractor, usually a local business. When businesses are found that meet the criteria, these establishments are contracted through the U.S. Postal Service and offer stamps and flat rate products with service hours generally more expansive than what the Post Office will be able to offer.

4. Conduct a discontinuance study for the office and provide P.O. Box service via another nearby Post Office and relocate P.O. Box delivery to that Post Office.

The Port Royal Post Office is located at 602 Main Street, Port Royal, VA 22535.