Hyde Park residents concerned about new post office
HYDE PARK -- The United States Postal Service met with residents Thursday night to resolve concerns about the upcoming post office, which will accommodate for the growth of the city.
"We don't want our rates raised," said Ray Thornley, a resident of Hyde Park. "We just want to send something to our neighbor and know it will get there the next day."
It is time to get a bigger building, said Marcus Nielsen, the Real Estate Specialist from the Seattle Office. Hyde Park has outgrown the current post office. The new post office will be built on an acre of ground with the building being a little more than 3,000 square feet. The Hyde Park Post Office will have the same design as the Wellsville Post Office except for it will be smaller, Nielsen explained.
Before the Postal Service will choose a site for the post office, they will advertise for sites. After receiving offers, they will make a selection on the site and then start taking bids from the contractors. When the contractor has put in a bid and is chosen to construct the post office, the contractor buys the property and leases it to the city. However, the owner of the property can keep the property if they do not want to sell it to the contractor and lease it to the city.
"Ten percent of post offices built are owned by somebody locally," said Wayne Christensen, the District Office Representative. "While 90 percent are owned by out-of-towners."
Some of the concerns that the residents raised was on site parking, the direction of the front doors and keeping the post office off Main Street.
"As a postmaster I'm hoping for something that faces south, west or east," said Dave Lee, Hyde Park's Postmaster. "In the winter, when the snow becomes packed down, if the building faces north it becomes very hard to clean up," Lee said.
The initial site the Postal Service wants the new post office is close to Main Street going out to 300 West in the four block radius of 200 South to 200 North.
"We're at the dismissal of the residents," Nielsen said. "We don't own any property. The best thing you can do for us is talk to your neighbors. Any help would be greatly appreciated."