Glade Park told postal box trailer still on the way

As many as 2,000 of the nation’s 32,000 post offices will be closed as the Postal Service considers how to stanch the financial bleeding that resulted in $8.5 billion in losses last year.

Glade Park, however, remains in line to receive its post office box trailer, Postal Service spokesman Al DeSarro said.

The trailer is due to arrive in the spring, but in the meantime it is being used in Como, a mountain community on the east side of the Continental Divide.

Glade Park residents, however, aren’t completely assured the trailer will arrive, much less that it will be all it’s cracked up to be.

“We’re still being assured we’re going to get one in the springtime,” said Deb Moorland, who has worked on getting the new trailer. “It’s a game of wait and see right now.”

One advantage of the new trailer is it will come wired for electricity, but that could be an empty blessing, Moorland said.

The Glade Park community-service organization has no ability to charge for electricity for the unit, so residents are hoping the Postal Service will pick up electricity costs, Moorland said.

In the meantime, “We’re looking at other options in order to cover ourselves,” Moorland said.

The Postal Service is studying 18,000 locations, all which cost more than the revenue they bring in, to decide which will be closed. The Postal Service will take into account several factors, including the distance postal patrons might have to travel to do business and proximity to other offices, DeSarro said.

“It’s much too early to identify” which post offices or service centers will be closed, DeSarro said.

Grand Junction has experienced changes in recent years. In 2002, the Postal Service had contract stations with postal boxes at 2139 N. 12th St., 759 Horizon Drive and in Mesa Mall, 2424 U.S. Highway 6&50.

Grand Junction still has three contract locations, but none with boxes, at First National Bank of the Rockies on Orchard Mesa, 2775 Acrin Ave.; at Go-Fer Foods, 2146 Broadway on the Redlands; and at Office Depot, 2449 U.S. 6&50 near Mesa Mall.

Other factors the Postal Service is taking into account include the ready availability of postage stamps at grocery stores and other retail outlets, DeSarro said.

“The whole mailing trend is changing, and we have to adapt to that,” he said.

Reducing delivery to five days a week could save the Postal Service $3 billion to $5 billion a year, he said. Congress, however, would have to approve that change.

Loosening tight requirements that the Postal Service fund retiree health benefits in advance, which costs about $5 billion a year, could ease the burden on the agency, too, DeSarro said.


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