Export adamant about getting post office

| Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2009

Export officials say they want a post office in the borough once again and will not settle for anything less.

A post office has been a high priority for the community of about 900 since the facility's doors closed in June 2008. A committee was appointed to work to re-establish an office, and a few building owners have submitted bids for a new location.

During Tuesday night's meeting, Councilwoman Melanie Litz read a letter she received from Charles McCreadie, a district manager for the Postal Service in Pittsburgh, stating the Postal Service was exploring a location for a contract postal unit in the Export area.

"Basically, it's just a counter that sells stamps in an already existing building," said Litz, who has spearheaded the efforts to re-establish an office. "This is not the way Export wants to go. This is an easy way out for the post office."

Litz said she contacted Rep. Jason Altmire and hopes to meet with the congregation concerning the post office. She also wants the meeting to include McCreadie.

"They're really trying to get out of what they promised us back in July 2008," Litz said of the postal service's proposal to provide an office staffed by a postal worker.

Councilman John Nagoda echoed Litz's sentiments and suggested a response to McCreadie's correspondence detailing the feelings of borough officials.

"I think we should respond to that letter and tell them we will support what we were promised," Nagoda said.

The motion was approved by the six council members in attendance. Councilman George Wood was absent last night.

The post office on Kennedy Avenue closed its doors for good after Arthur Spagnol, the building's landlord, decided not to negotiate a new lease with the postal service. Spagnol, who had owned the building since 1962, said it was too expensive to make the renovations the postal service wanted.

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