Dupree Post Office seeks new home
By Ross DuBray
Editor, West River Eagle
Mold in the Dupree Post Office building has forced U.S Postal Service officials to temporarily close the office until an alternate location can be found.
After deeming the current building unfit, the U.S Postal Service suspended the use of the post office last week amid health concerns of both the workers and customers.
A mobile postal unit is being utilized as the post office seeks an alternate location for residents to pick up their mail. Customers can buy stamps and conduct other postal business, however the temporary mobile unit is only open from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.
U.S Postal Service Spokesman Peter Nowackey told the West River Eagle that they have contacted four parties in hopes to securing a new location, but nothing has been found yet.”
According to Nowackey, the building has been utilized by the Postal Service since the 1950’s. The building sustained damage after a tornado and strong storm hit Dupree in 2010. According to Nowackey, after repairs were made, there was still some water intrusion from the roof that has been an on going issue.
“It’s really gotten worse recently, and we had to be out of the building just for the safety of our employees and the safety of the customer’s,” said Nowackey.
Nowackey said it was up to the landlord to make the repairs but the landlord has indicated he didn’t want to make the necessary repairs and would just as soon see the lease terminated.
Nowackey realizes the inconvenience the situation brings and wants to thank the customers for their patience as they work through this. “We understand that this isn’t the best situation for everybody, but we are working hard to find a new place, and we hope to be moved as soon as possible.”