The residents of the western Kansas town of Alexander are concerned about the possible closure of its post office. Although no decision has been made yet, the Wichita Eagle reports that is being considered for closure due to the city’s proximity to Bazine’s post office and because currently the postmaster position is unfilled.
According to the Eagle, the post office is one of two remaining businesses:
Alexander’s post office once thrived, but business quickly slowed after an antique shop that did much of its business through mail order moved to the north-central Kansas town of Wilson. Alexander also had its own bank until 1987, the fifth of five Rush County banks that closed in about two years.
Likewise, residents of the city of Mulvane (just south of the Wichita/Derby metro area) are concerned about losing personnel at their post office.
Starting June 18th, the carriers currently based in Mulvane will be based out of the Derby post office, six miles away.
A representative with the postal service says the change should be transparent for the people of Mulvane, the mail will simply come a little later.
But not everyone is buying it.
“The fact is we have a lot of seniors here that just wouldn’t be capable of driving up to Derby if they miss their package and it creates a delay for them,” said Gary Townson.
Mulvane isn’t the first city to fight post office changes. The 100 people of Geuda Springs may lose their post office and sorting consolidation has been proposed in Hays, Colby, Hutchinson, Independence and Fort Scott.
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