2012-12-26 / Front Page

Public Meeting Scheduled For Waterfall Post Office

Patrons urged to send in surveys on future services
By Chanin Rotz-Mountz

Waterfall Post Office Waterfall Post Office Results of an important survey mailed to residents in the Waterfall area last week could determine the future operations of the small northern Fulton County village’s post office.

Sent to patrons with roadside delivery as well as those with post office boxes, the survey indicates the Postal Service has established a review process through the “POST Plan” for select post offices such as Waterfall. As a result, the Postal Service is “soliciting community input” through a survey that will in turn be examined prior to an upcoming community meeting on January 17.

Survey recipients are asked to chose between one of four options. Residents can request that the Waterfall Post Office remain open but with fewer window hours for patrons. Window hours would be reduced from eight hours to six hours on weekdays. Saturday window service would remain unchanged.

The second option outlined asks for a “discontinuance study” to be performed by the Postal Service and expand roadside mailbox delivery to all customers. Retail and delivery service would also be offered through the rural carrier.

The third option also asks for the completion of a discontinuance study that would in turn allow for a contractor, many times a local business owner, to provide for an alternative location known as a “village post office.” These alternative locations, according to the Postal Service, allow stamps and flat-rate products to be offered “with service hours generally more expansive than what the local Post Office may be able to offer.

As a final option, a discontinuance survey would allow for the office to close and relocate the post office box service in Waterfall to a nearby post office.

A letter accompanying the survey indicates unless 60 percent or more of the responses received request a “discontinuance study,” the Waterfall Post Office will remain open but with reduced window hours.

The Postal Service is urging patrons to return their surveys by January 3. In addition to the survey, postal officials will be meeting with concerned residents at the Center Community Building located at the intersection of Doran and Frick roads in Taylor Township on Thursday, January 17. The meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m. and will include a question-andanswer session by management to provide additional information on the POST Plan.

Results of the survey are expected to be shared during the public meeting. However, a deci- sion will not be handed down regarding the Waterfall Post Office until after the gathering.

The January meeting will likely be the first of several meetings to be held in Fulton County regarding the future operations of local postal facilities. Additional post offices that are currently under examination for possible reduced window hours are Hustontown and Warfordsburg, which could also see weekday hours drop from eight to six hours. Post offices in Crystal Spring, Wells Tannery and Burnt Cabins could see a 50 percent reduction in window hours that are currently at eight hours daily.

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