ALGOMA – A part of Algoma’s history is on the chopping block.
The U.S. Postal Service has announced that the Algoma Post Office will close, but residents have until July 21 to voice their objections.
More than 70 people showed up last month at a meeting with postal officials to protest closing the historic facility, but an official notice was posted in the post office on April 21 proposing its “discontinuance.”
Algoma Mayor Harry Corder said that while postal officials have up to 120 days to make a final decision, residents and other supporters also have some time to send in comment forms and letters.
“We are encouraging people who use the post office – and even folks who just care about the historic value – to write letters and contact our congressmen in an effort to save Algoma’s post office,” he said.
Corder also said comment forms are available at the post office or City Hall and will be sent directly to postal officials before they make their final decision.
These forms must be turned in by July 21.
Although the building has changed through the years, with the latest one being built about 1990, the post office has existed on the same site since 1902 when Algoma was first incorporated.
Corder cited several reasons he believes the post office should remain open.
“Besides the historical significance of the post office, there is the fact that a lot of people depend on this post office to buy money orders, stamps and so forth. Also, Algoma is a whistle stop on the Tanglefoot Trail which is now being constructed and we have the only post office located within 100 feet of the trail.”
Corder said one Algoma business mails 2,000-plus pieces each month with 200 more in the middle of each month.
He also pointed out that on the day chosen by the Postal Service to measure mail and customer traffic, it snowed enough to keep potential users at home.
“This is the last post office in the southern part of the county,” he said, “and we don’t want to lose it. When you lose your post office, it hurts a town.”
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