Postal Service Ignores Residents in Green Street Relocation
GAINSEVILLE, Ga.—The United States Postal Service (USPS) has apparently disregarded its own regulations in its efforts to relocate its facility at 364 Green St NE in Gainesville, Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.) has learned.
“Residents have been advocating for the relocation of the Green Street post office for decades, and the Postal Service has turned a deaf ear to these requests since 1975. Now, it appears that the Postal Service has decided to forgo community input related to where the post office should make its new home,” said Collins.
“Gainesville residents depend on the Postal Service to help their businesses and households run smoothly, and it’s outrageous that bureaucrats would circumvent community voices in this process. I will do everything in my power to ensure that the Postal Service plays by its own rules and collaborates with the city of Gainesville to ensure this relocation serves residents.”
The USPS opened the Green Street post office in 1967, and, eight years later, the city of Gainesville unanimously voted to request that the USPS relocate the Green Street facility due to safety concerns. Despite this, the USPS purchased the Green Street building 16 years later.
In January 2018, a representative of the USPS came to the Gainesville City Council meeting and noticed that the USPS would consider relocating the Green Street facility. With Collins’ support, the USPS announced its decision to relocate the facility and proceed with consideration of new locations in March 2018.
According to USPS regulations, once the agency decides to relocate an existing facility, the USPS must advertise for potential sites to house the new facility and then advise local officials in writing of all contending sites as well as explanations behind sites that are not being considered. The USPS must then seek public comments from local officials and the community for 30 days, during which the USPS cannot make a decision on the relocation site.
Instead of following these regulations, which Collins asked the agency to respect on multiple occasions, the USPS seems to have disregarded them comprehensively by failing to advertise for potential sites and existing buildings, to identify sites in consideration and advise local officials in writing of the contending sites and to seek community feedback on those proposed sites. In doing so, it seems the USPS has purposefully and willfully ignored what is best for the people of the Ninth District of Georgia.