USPS responds to residents’ concerns

By on June 1, 2011

Richard Hancock, a representative for the U.S. Postal Service, told a crowd of about 50 at Lititz Borough Hall at a May 11 meeting that he was there to solicit input about shutting down the Lititz Post Office.

The mood was hostile from the start, due to Hancock’s admitted lack of knowledge about the postal service’s plans to sell its downtown Lititz location. A real estate specialist for USPS, he promised those at the meeting he would take the crowd’s suggestions to his superiors and e-mail his findings to borough council.

The following letter is the result of that meeting, it was sent to the Record Express by staff at Lititz Borough and addressed to Mayor Ron Oettel.

Thank you for the opportunity to present our plans for consolidation of the Lititz postal facilities to you, borough council and the Lititz community on May 11.

We appreciate your feedback and the comments raised by the public that attended the community meeting. I am writing to respond to the questions raised at the meeting regarding the relocation of the postal retail services to the Wynfield Drive facility and the disposal of the postal-owned Main Street building.

? There was no traffic study done for the original carrier annex and the postal service will not be completing one as part of the proposed consolidation project.

? Jody Lowe, of Asset Management, the project manager for the disposal of the Main Street building will be contacting you with the requested process and timeliness.

? There is no information regarding any request by (Warwick) Township that retail not be put into the Wynfield Drive facility.

? Dallan Wordkemper will be contacting you regarding the New Deal artwork in the Main Street post office and the process for its removal and conservation.

? The new retail unit in the Wynfield facility will fully comply with the Architectural Barriers Act.

? The USPS will comply with all federal, state and local codes and ordinances to the greatest extent possible.

? The suggestion for a contract postal unit in the downtown area is being reviewed.

? The current Wynfield facility has been determined by the postal service to be space sufficient to house the new retail operation.

? The Main Street facility is undersized to accommodate the carriers from the carrier annex location.

? To clarify, the postal service will not consider a retail lease back for a portion of the building by the new ownership. However, they could offer a contacted postal unit for consideration if that alternative is approved.

The postal service will be in contact with you and your office as the project develops. Once more, we welcome any suggestions or comments you may have as this project proceeds.

Sincerely,

Richard Hancock More RESPONSE, page A15

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