What Is Fate Of The Mallard Post Office?
The Mallard Post Office has closed its doors. There is nobody home (pictured at right).
Postal patrons were notified May 2, “due to damaged floor tile in the Mallard Post Office, asbestos has been exposed. Therefore, for the safety and health concern of the mallard customers and Postal employees, it will be necessary to suspend services at the Mallard Post Office.”
Beginning May 4, Mallard Post Office Box customers had to pick up their mail at the Curlew Post Office. Customers on rural delivery have not seen a change, with the exception of parcel delivery.
The May 2 letter to Mallard residents stated, “This change is tentative and will not lead to a formal proposal unless we conclude that it will provide a maximum degree of regular and effective postal services. A community meeting will be held in the near future.”
Another letter to Mallard residents, dated May 6, gave the date of a community meeting.
In the letter, Janan O’Brien, Manager, Post Office Operations for the Mallard area, asked for opinions concerning a possible change in the way postal services are provided.
“Our tentative plans will only lead to a formal proposal if we are satisfied that a maximum degree of regular and effective service can be provided,” she wrote.
“To prevent hazardous asbestos exposure, service was suspended at the Mallard Post Office on May 3, 2011. The asbestos hazard on the workroom floor has created an unsafe environment. Briefly we would like to provide pickup and delivery of your mail, as well as the sale of stamps and all other customary postal services, to cluster box units. These cluster box units will be served by the rural carrier out of the Curlew Post Office and will be installed in the near future,” the letter continued.
A postal representative will attend a community meeting Wednesday, May 18, 6 to 7 p.m., at the Mallard Community Center. Residents will be given an opportunity to discuss alternatives and to have questions answered.