JAMES CITY – A standing-room-only crowd of 79 attended a 75-minute forum Tuesday evening on the proposed closing of the James City Post Office.
U.S. Postal Service representatives Keith Corey and Junius "JJ" Johnson presided at the informational meeting at the Highland Township Fire Hall in James City.
Corey is the review coordinator at the Postal Service district office in Pittsburgh. Johnson is the manager of post office operations at the same location.
Calling the post office the "heart of the community" in James City, Marsha Buhl read an ardent statement against the Postal Service proposal to close the local mail delivery site.
She said the post office gives residents a place to "socialize" and mingle with neighbors and friends when they go to collect their mail each day. She said a bulletin board in the post office provides a location for community notices.
There are 125 post boxes now in use at the post office. Residents are not charged box rental.
Buhl, the president of the Highland Township Recreation Association, went door-to-door in James City with a petition to save the post office. The petition with 179 signatures now is part of the official record for the Postal Service to review.
"We really do want to save it," Buhl told the Postal Service officials.
Johnson, who has presided at many other meetings on proposed post office closings in the area, said the petition is just one way to show support for keeping the James City site.
But he said residents "need to write to your congressman," who is U.S. Rep. Glenn Thompson (R-Howard).
"Basically, that's what's working," Johnson said. "Your voices are going to be heard. It's your best recourse."
Corey said "you want as many people as possible to contact the congressman."
Corey said the Postal Service is proposing to close post offices because it's in "dire straits" due to a steep decline in first-class mail. He said the widespread use of computer-generated emails via the Internet and texting on cellphones is the "biggest problem" for the Postal Service.
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