New lease on life for Clarksville post office

Postal Service to reevaluate closure decision, sheriff weighs in

— In the letter, Apple maintained that once the Sheriff’s Office and Albany County Emergency Operations Center moved to the former Clarksville Elementary building, a post office would be needed in the vicinity. Apple said certified letters, packages, and “bulky mail” is sent from the office on a daily basis.

“The closing of the Clarksville Post Office would have an adverse impact on the Sheriff’s Office, and might affect the Sheriff’s Office’s plans to locate its substation in Clarksville, to the detriment of the town,” he wrote.

The Postal Regulatory Commission released a decision on Jan. 29, which said it did believe the Postal Service took some needed aspects into account, such as financial situation the and postmaster vacancy, but it did not adequately take into account the concerns of residents. The determination to close the location is now being reevaluated.

Marion said items will now be reviewed at the local level and at USPS headquarters, and the postal service is now waiting on additional guidance from the Postal Regulatory Committee. Under a congressional request, no locations slated for closure can be shut down until May 15 at the earliest.

Henner now believes it is likely the Postal Service will abandon their plans to close the Clarksville location.

“They would either have to supplement the record with what they believe to still be inefficient and start the process all over again, or they could just give up,” he said.

Apple said he was happy to be a help to the community, but Henner explained he does not think the sheriff’s letter is what tipped the decision in their favor.

“I think the Postal Regulatory Commission realized what the post office was doing was flat out wrong,” he said.

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