Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Post Office Opens New Lobby

P.O. Boxes in the new lobby will be accessible only during normal business hours.

The post office opened its doors to a newly renovated lobby yesterday, with more changes to come over the next two or three weeks. The teller windows have moved to the back of the building, and walls in the old lobby will be removed enlarging the lobby considerably, officials said.

Citing excessive vandalism, officials said that the lobby and the post office boxes will not be accessible after 5 p.m. when the staff leaves the building. Harold Graves, the Station Postmaster, said maybe as much at 10 percent of the traffic comes to the post office after 5 p.m., but it was not enough to be able to keep the station open after hours.

As well, he and Arlington Postmaster James “Jamie” Congleton said the post office will not get an APC (an machine that allows people to stamp letters and packages without waiting for a teller) because the station does not have the traffic for it. USPS requires that a machine gets about $4,200 a week of use. Buckingham, the postmasters said, is nowhere near that high.

Everyone interviewed said they liked the new setting, except one woman who said, basically, that it is a post office, what is the big deal. The more usual response from people inside talking to the postmasters or to me was much more positive. --ST

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