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Don’t let Chimacum’s post office close!
February 13th, 2011 by Katy McCoy

by Rob Story

“CHIMACUM POST OFFICE CLOSING” Is this the sign you want to see the next time you go to our post office?  Not me.

There are many wonderful things about Chimacum and one of my favorite things is the Chimacum Post Office.  Sure my PO Box fills up with bills.  Sure I gripe and roll my eyes every time I hear about ANOTHER postage increase. I mean, come on already.

However, going to get mail here is a great experience and makes me feel like part of something. Have you ever walked into a Post Office and the clerk behind the counter greets you by first name AND says “here is a package that came in for you.  I saw you pull in so I brought it up front.”Sometimes this is followed by “would you like me to get your mail out of your box for you?” Wow!  Most Post Offices have a sign behind the counter saying “BY LAW WE CANNOT HAND YOU YOUR MAIL!!!”

Our Post Office even has a “Tape Fund” jar on the counter. Rather than having us by a $4 roll of tape and use three inches of it, you can use the community tape roll and pitch $.25 into the tape fund.

Beyond these personal experiences, small, rural post offices offer a central place for local information and services.  Like libraries they are a vital hub in small communities.

So what’s this headline about the Chimacum Post Office closing?
Well, the US Postal Service’s top people have decided to close 2,000 post offices nationwide starting in March, 2011.  Next month. Additionally they are reviewing the profitability of 16,000 additional locations, 50% of all the facilities nationwide.

The bottom line is the bottom line.  What I mean is, profitability of a particular facility is the deciding factor; not where the office is located, whom it serves or how much the local community depends on it.

Rural post offices in general have a greater challenge because they cover a wide service area and have a smaller population.  This means higher overhead in ratio to sales.

Historically, by law, there had to be public hearings and debate before a post office could be shut down.  Well the top postal people are working to get a new law through Congress that allows them to bypass the public notice part of the deal.  This means they can come in and close a facility at will.  No debate. No questions.

What can we do?
Personally, I’m not one to write my congress person and put my name out there.  This Op Ed is my first time doing any kind of public airing of my opinions.

There is a clear and easy call to action that anyone in the USA can do to support the Chimacum Post Office or your own rural post office.  Believe it or not you don’t have to call or write the government.  In truth, your action will also provide you a service.
Since the main criteria for closing a facility or not is revenue, we simply need to up the sales here in good old Chimacum.
How do we do that?  It is easy. Anyone anywhere in the USA that is reading this article can participate.

Order stamps by mail.

Every post office has self addressed postage paid order envelopes, which you can use to order stamps.  You simply fill out the form, write your check and drop it in the mail.  They receive it in Chimacum, fill the order, send you the stamps in the mail, and they will even send along another pre-paid envelope for your next order.  You get the stamps and they get the revenue.  You can even ask for two order forms and share one with a friend and get them on board.

What if you don’t live in Chimacum?
Not to worry.  There are two options.  One is send a little note to the fine folks at the Chimacum Post Office at 9223 Rhody Drive, Chimacum, WA 98325-9998 and ask for some “stamps in the mail” order forms.  They will send them to you free and you can order stamps.  The other option is to give them a call at (360) 732-4611 and request the order forms.

Either way, you help support our great post office here in Chimacum and help to keep this community vibrant.  The next time you come to town you’ll know you are a part of what lives here and have played an active roll in keeping our heritage alive.

8 Responses

  1. Jed Pauker says:

    Hello,

    We saw your site linked from http://savethepostoffice.com.

    Our historic Post Office is about to close. We are trying to save it. We are reaching out to your community in an effort to work together. We ask for your help to save our post office, and we hope to help save yours, if at all possible.

    New Congressional legislation being considered can help – but it may not pass soon enough. Meanwhile, over 3,700 post offices that don’t have to close are in danger.

    We know about nearby closures. We know about rural closures. We are organized. We hold rallies, we write letters and we speak out. Last week, we filed a lawsuit in DC Circuit Court to challenge the closure of our post office.

    We are challenging the Postal Regulatory Commission’s ruling that our post office closure is a “relocation” when service reductions have caused long lines and insufficient stamp supplies for a robust customer base. This is the first time a PRC ruling has been challenged in court. A win could be historic.

    We received a letter of support from the Canadian Union of Postal Workers. We will meet this week and next with our US Senators and Congressman. They understand, and they can help us break the deadlock.

    Please consider signing our petition: http://www.change.org/petitions/rep-henry-waxman-save-the-venice-post-office.

    Here is our Facebook site: http://www.facebook.com/savethevenicepostoffice.

    Feel free to learn more at a local resource page: http://venicenc.org/savethevmpo and a national web site: .

    Feel free to contact us at . Let’s work together to save this most valuable public service and the heart of every community.

    Thank you.

    The Coalition to Save Venice Post Office

    PS – While at a Centrum event in July, I’ll plan to stop by!

    • admin says:

      Great. Thanks for your good work. I’ll sign the petition.

      • Jed Pauker says:

        How are you doing? We’ve been fighting hard to keep our post office here in Venice, California. We’re down, but not out, and gathering steam with Northfield, MN and Berkeley, CA. It’s a hard but rewarding fight.

        Was Chimacum PO spared from the POStPlan? Will it be open when I visit on my way to Port Townsend on Thursday the 26th?

  2. Andrea Tarrant says:

    I used to spend the summers, of the 1950s and part of the 60s, with my grandparents in Shine. Their mail was delivered by a “mail lady” from Chimacum. As a child I hadn’t heard of a woman delivering mail before! I was further surprised to know that the Chimacum Post Office had a woman who was the post mistress. She was Cora Correia. She, and her husband Fred, lived just up the road from my grandparents. They were long time friends of our family.
    I am saddened to hear of the possible closing of your Chimacum Post Office. I can’t help but wonder what Cora Correia would think. I imagine she would be saddened as I am.
    As I don’t live in the area, I live in California, maybe my opinion doesn’t have much clout. But I think it would be a shame to close the Post Office. It has such a wonderful history and is part of the charm of the area.

    • admin says:

      Thanks for sharing that history Andrea. So far no word of it closing. You can still order your stamps from Chimacum!

  3. Katy McCoy says:

    Rob tells me that he heard that the post office had a very busy week selling stamps with lots of new faces coming in and lots of requests for “stamps in the mail” order forms.

    I went in myself and heard another piece of good news. That is that from now on, all stamps will be “forever” stamps. That means you can stock up on stamps now with the confidence they’ll always work to send a letter. Buy now before prices go up!

  4. Annie Jennings says:

    It would be a terrible shame if “our” post office closed. Everything you wrote about personal service is true and then some. The people who work there are awesome. The location, service, cleanliness, recycling availablity and the people make our post office the small town gem that exemplifies why we live here!

  5. Gail Moa says:

    My husband and I live at Discovery Bay and try to buy all our mail needs at the Chimacum PO. The service is indeed superior and they cater to Type A people like us who just want to get in and out and not line up as you do in PT.
    We never knew of the stamps in the mail program and will do our best to support the Chimacum PO any way we can. Thanks for the timely suggestion.
    PS My father was a “Posty” in a small town and I know how important it is to have your own Post Office.