DALMATIA – Some customers served by the Dalmatia Post Office will have to pick up their mail in Millersburg, until a new post office location is found and a new lease arrangement obtained.
The United States Postal Service (USPS) will initiate an “emergency suspension of operations” at the close of the business day October 24, 2015, according to Karen Mazurkiewicz, Communications Programs Specialist, USPS, Central PA and Western NY Districts.
“Rural customers will see no change in how they receive their mail,” said Mazurkiewicz. “PO box customers will temporarily pick up their mail in Millersburg until an alternate site in Dalmatia has been secured,” she said.
The lesser exercised the option not to renew the lease that expires on October 31, 2015 at the current location at 1878 George St., according to Mazurkiewicz. The Millersburg Post Office is located 9.3 miles away.
There are 58 active post office box holders and 718 physical address deliveries, she said, within the 17017 Dalmatia ZIP code.
The two postal employees that deliver to the Dalmatia street addresses already work out of Millersburg, Mazurkiewicz said. There is one employee that works the retail side – selling products and services and sorting post office box mail. That work will also be performed in Millersburg when the Dalmatia office is suspended.
There is no USPS initiative to close post offices, Mazurkiewicz confirmed.
“However, with over 32,000 postal facilities nationally, it is not uncommon to deal with facility changes resulting from natural disasters, safety concerns or leasing negotiations. The USPS mandate is to provide universal service across all communities; it’s a responsibility we take seriously,” she said.
According to Mazurkiewicz, the postal service does its best to retain addresses and ZIP codes for current customers. Generally, a change of address is only required if the customer changes a mode of delivery (going from post office box service to street delivery).
When a change in operations becomes necessary at an individual post office, USPS’s first priority is to provide continuous service to the community, said Mazurkiewicz. Often, an emergency suspension occurs at the location. If carriers work from the impacted post office, they are housed at a nearby post office and they continue uninterrupted delivery. If there are post office boxes, they are re-located to a nearby post office in the interim until determinations can be made.
Once services have been stabilized, a community meeting is held to discuss options that may include a different post office location in the community, establishment of a Village Post Office (VPO) or Community Post Office (non-postal staffed); or consolidation of services at a nearby post office. The postal service will send correspondence to customers notifying them of changes and meeting dates.