By Robert Lowe, Multimedia Journalist/ Weekend Anchor - email
BLENCOE, Iowa (KTIV) -
Back in April, the United States Postal service closed its location in Blencoe, Iowa.
USPS officials inspected the facility and found structural problems in the building's foundation.
Mayor Rusty Collison says the building closed within 24 hours after he was notified.
Something he says the town was not prepared for.
"I was kind of shocked," said Mayor Rusty Collison. "It would have been nice to have a 30 day notice on the closing of the building, so we could have made other arrangements or preparations in town with the post office."
Over the next three months, the town of less than 300 people needed to make the nearly 40 mile round trip trek to the Moorhead post office to receive their mail.
But recently, Collison says USPS has made strides to help those living in Blencoe.
"The Post office approximately a month ago did come in to one of our council meetings and did come in with some temporary units that were placed outside, so that we could receive some envelopes now and do some postal business," said Collison.
The temporary units still hinder residents from receiving certified mail, purchasing stamps and receiving large packages.
With the addition of post office boxes outside of the community center, Blencoe residents feel that's a step in the right direction, but some say it's still a hassle to get their mail.
"It's hard because transportation for me is kind of slim to none and it's a big inconvenience to go 40 miles to get certified mail, especially if it's the weekend," said Tommy Dutcher, a Blencoe resident.
Mayor Collison believes the problem may soon subside, as they hold a community meeting with the USPS on Wednesday to review and propose possible locations for a new post office.
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