J.D. CharlesFor The Logan Banner
October 7, 2012
PEACH CREEK — Residents of the small communities of Peach Creek and West Logan were up in arms this week over the possibility of the closing of another post office in Logan County.
A Public Notice about a community meeting was placed in the window of the Peach Creek Post Office announcing the possibility of the discontinuance of the post office there. The notice states the Postal Service will have a meeting to answer questions and provide information about the POST Plan regarding the fate of the Peach Creek Post Office “and to obtain community input.”
“This will enable the Postal Service to obtain all community input and opinions from both surveys and the meeting before making a final decision,” the notice states, adding surveys will be sent to customers within the delivery zip code of the Peach Creek Post Office.
The meeting will be held on Nov. 14, 2012 at the Logan County Resource Center on 524 Crooked Creek Road in Peach Creek at 7 p.m.
According to employees of the facility there are several options including keeping the office open at reduced hours (reducing it from operation of 8 hours a day to 4 hours per day); having a discontinuance and letting another nearby post office provide services or finding a local contractor at an alternative location.
“The sad thing is, this is a busy post office and we got a lot busier when they closed the West Logan post office,” an employee said.
West Logan Police Chief Robert Ward admitted that his town had begun using the Peach Creek Post Office right after West Logan’s own post office was closed a few months ago.
“The Peach Creek Post Office is convenient for the town and the residents here, because it is actually less than one mile away (it is 9/10ths of a mile from the Peach Creek Post Office and town hall),” Ward noted. “We get our stamps from there and usually mail out town business there due to its close location. It is where we now mail our sanitation bills from,” he noted. “If it is closed, it will be another blow to the people who live here who already lost one post office. I would hope that people who are upset about this latest proposal would attend that meeting.”
One elderly lady at the post office on Friday said she did not understand why they were closing her community’s post office at all, noting “It is always busy here, and it seems so convenient. I do not want to drive all the way to Logan to do my mail.”
“It is Obama’s fault,” complained one male customer. “You mean to tell me the federal government can spend one trillion dollars a year with nothing positive to show for it, and yet they cannot keep these rural post offices open? What about the people’s jobs who work in these places? We lost the post office up the road this summer already and now this?”
Another resident bemoaned the possible closing saying that he had notice the mails got considerably slower when the West Logan Post Office closed and felt that it would just increase the work load on the post offices that were left open.