Rep. Kurt Schrader jumps into post office fray
After hearing from several concerned West Linn citizens, U.S. Rep. Kurt Schrader, D-Oregon, asked the U.S. Postal Service what its plans are for the West Linn Post Office.
The post office, at 5665 Hood St. in the West Linn Central Village, was supposed to close in April but property owner Gramor Development extended the lease by six months, for the second time in one year. The lease originally ended October 2018 and Gramor granted the first six-month lease extension.
If the postal service is unable to negotiate a long-term lease agreement with Gramor, or find a new location in West Linn, which, so far, it has been unable to do, the community will have to make do with post offices in nearby cities.
West Linn community members, through testimony at City Council meetings, social media postings and in conversations with the Tidings, have made it clear that they don't want to see the post office leave town. Many of these concerns made their way to Schrader's office.
Schrader sent a letter to executives at USPS April 26, requesting they host a town hall in West Linn to update citizens on their plans for the post office.
"My office has been contacted by several members of the West Linn community who have expressed concern that the USPS may be leaving its current location in the West Linn Central Village when its six-month lease is set to expire without an alternative location identified in the community of West Linn," Schrader's letter states.
"A USPS Community Meeting would provide the opportunity for the residents of West Linn to learn more about what plans USPS has in place to remain in this community," the letter continues. "With the impending deadline of the current lease, I am requesting a Community Meeting to be arranged for the end of May 2019."
As of May 13, Schrader had not received a response from the postal service. Schrader's office did not return calls for comment
According to Gramor Development Vice President Robin Berry, Gramor is still working with USPS on a long-term lease agreement, though she noted the postal service is weighing all its options.