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After meeting with representatives from the United States Postal Service (USPS) Tuesday, Pocatello Mayor Brian Blad will still be making his way to our nation’s Capital to press the USPS to reopen the currently closed Pocatello Processing Center.
“We were happy to meet with the Post Office representatives from Salt Lake City and hear what they had to say,” said Mayor Blad, “Ultimately though, we feel our concerns would be best addressed by officials in Washington, D.C.”
Mayor Blad will be part of a delegation that includes Chubbuck Mayor Kevin England, Bannock County Commissioner Howard Manwaring, City of Pocatello Planning and Development Services Director Lon Crowell, and Old Town Pocatello, Inc. Executive Director Stephanie Palagi. The delegation will meet with officials from USPS October 27, 2015. The processing center was closed in April 2015 and mail that was processed in Pocatello is now being sent to Salt Lake City.
“Closure of the Flandro Mail Processing Center has impacted residents and businesses immensely,” said Mayor Blad. “The stories we are collecting talk about mail arriving days and weeks late. Several stories talk about mail taking more than a month to arrive or not arriving at all.”
The delegation is continuing to ask residents to submit their stories of how the closure has impacted them. Visit oldtownpocatello.com and fill out a form or send an email to email@example.com. Officials will then present the stories to the United States Postal Service. The deadline for submissions is Saturday, October 24, 2015.
“Businesses cannot operate efficiently and people who depend on timely mail service are at the mercy of USPS. This is simply unacceptable,” said Mayor Blad.