A save the post office rally may be in the offing for Plattsmouth.That’s what former Plattsmouth Postmaster Vicki Miner Price told city and county leaders this week. She said current local U.S. Postal Service officials are not allowed to talk about it, but with her retired status, she can offer her insights. The Cassgram reports she spoke to the Plattsmouth City Council and the Cass County Board of Commissioners about the Plattsmouth Post Office being on a study list for closure.
The postal service is in financial crisis and the focus of post office closings has centered mainly on those in smaller communities. But now, post offices the size of Plattsmouth’s are apparently being considered for closing too.
“The main thing right now is that the community has to get involved,” said Price, who was Plattsmouth Postmaster for 17 years. “There are laws and regulations that govern when and where a post office can be closed. At this time, Plattsmouth doesn’t meet any of those criteria” outlined in Title 39 of federal postal regulations.
A community meeting notification is one of the steps in the process that has to be taken by the postal service. “You don’t want to wait for that to happen because by that time they have already set all of the closings in motion,” she advised.
City personnel say the postal service contacted city hall and asked about the availability of large rental hall facilities that could hold upwards of 200 people.
Price suggested that a rally, meetings, petitions, advertising, a Facebook page and contacting influential people and making them aware of the situation—and doing those things now—are ways to circumvent the closing process before it gets too far along.