Rural Post Offices Set Public Comment Meetings Regarding Possiblity of Closure

Rural Post Offices Set Public Comment Meetings Regarding Possiblity of Closure

Some Sheridan-area rural post offices that the United States Postal Service announced as under review for closure this past summer will have meetings during the next month intended to give public comment to a USPS representative.

Wyarno and Leiter held their public meetings on July 14th and October 3rd, respectively. About 22 attended the Leiter office's meeting last week, and both meetings included representatives from the offices of Sen. John Barrasso, Rep. Cynthia Lummis and Sen Mike Enzi.

Wyarno residents have gathered more than 100 signatures on a petition that sits in the Wyarno Restaurant and Bar, asking that if their office is closed, that cluster boxes not be used as an alternative and instead mail be delivered to each residence.

Of the 44 rural offices under review in Wyoming, other Sheridan area offices include Recluse, Arvada and Parkman.

Parkman has a meeting scheduled for 5:30 pm on October 25th at the Dayton Town Hall; Arvada's meeting will be at 6:30 pm on November 9th at the Powder River Community Center; Recluse has not scheduled a meeting.

USPS spokesman David Rupert says that this public comment period is part of their transparency process.

A 60-day comment period is in effect for Leiter, and the same time line goes into effect for each office following a public meeting. Though the 60-day period since Wyarno's meeting has expired, Rupert said there has been no decision yet regarding the fate of the post office.

Rupert reminds residents that these offices are simply under review, not closed, so public comment is an important part of the process.

Anyone interested in giving comment can do so through their local post office, or visit the USPS website for more information.

Sharing offices

In Wyarno, for example, some residents would have to make a 50-mile round trip to Sheridan to pick up anything larger than small-envelope mail. (Correction: Some Wyarno post office users would have to travel this distance to access services of a physical post office, but larger mail could still be delivered. See details below from Rupert on options USPS would use for package delivery.)

Arvada or Leiter could share post offices with Clearmont or one another if one of the offices is closed. The three towns are within about a 20-mile driving radius of each other. Parkman is about a 10-mile drive from both Ranchester and Dayton.

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