Letter: Post office a good neighbor
The Glenwood Springs Post Office has been in its current location since 1963. We proudly serve the community and consider ourselves a vital part of the history of the town and its future.
We are content with our current location as it serves both the needs of our customers and the Postal Service. We have no plans to relocate and believe the vast majority of local residents feel the same way. Unfortunately, the guest column written by Robert Gish (Sept. 17, “USPS Blundered in closing W. Glenwood facility”) expresses a minority opinion.
Mr. Gish’s residence is in a commercially zoned area adjacent to our post office in downtown Glenwood Springs. We have taken steps to minimize the impact of our day-to-day operations on our neighbors.
Mr. Gish is free to express his opinion, but facts will dispel the notion of his letter – that we should move the post office. His assertion that the Glenwood Springs Post Office is “a truck terminal” is factually wrong. It is a post office. The mail that comes and goes through Glenwood Spring is your local mail. No mail is sorted at the facility except for local mail. For efficiency, mail for Aspen and Vail and other communities is brought on the same vehicles as Glenwood Springs. Their mail is dock prepped for separate transportation to those communities. This practice has been in place for decades.
The relocation of mail sorting operations from the former Glenwood Springs Mail Processing Annex to Grand Junction in 2011 actually eliminated numerous tractor-trailer trips in and out of the community and any downtown impact was minimal.
While we appreciate Mr. Gish’s concerns and will attempt to continue to address them when it is reasonable to do so, it is important to recognize that the Postal Service has a unique, federal mission to bind the nation together through the mail as efficiently and affordably as possible. The Postal Service’s foremost concern is to accomplish this mission in a safe and prudent manner.
The Postal Service is proud of its standing in the Glenwood Springs community and we have and will continue to work with the city and its residents to ensure we provide the best service possible to the town for years to come.
Colorado/Wyoming district manager, U.S. Postal Service
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