Incline Village post office to consolidate its operations |

Incline Village post office to consolidate its operations

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. ” A proposed consolidation of the Incline Village post office means some 800 residents and commercial properties will have to find a new address next year.

The U.S. Postal Service will shut down the Incline post office annex building, located a few units away from the main branch in the Village Center, said David Rupert, spokesman for the Nevada branch of the U.S. Postal Service. Consolidation will take place early next year, Rupert said.

The move means residents who rent post office boxes and drawers in the annex ” currently about 800 of the 2,000 units are rented, Rupert said ” have three options if they still want to receive mail: They can move to a new PO Box ” and thus, apply for a new PO Box number ” at the main branch, do the same at the Crystal Bay post office or apply for home delivery.

“I’m terribly sorry for the people who will have to change their PO Box numbers, and we will definitely work closely with everyone to make that transition as comfortable as possible,” said Caroline Cutler, postmaster at the Crystal Bay and Incline Village post offices.

For those who choose to maintain a box at the Incline Village or Crystal Bay offices, they must apply for a new number, Cutler and Rupert said, because all box and drawer numbers have to be sequential.

According to an audit performed last week, there are 6,992 PO boxes at the main office, Cutler said. Of that total, 3,813 are available, as only 3,189 are rented. That means about 4,000 of the available 9,000 PO boxes and drawers in Incline ” PO drawers are the largest available rentals, often used by businesses and commercial properties ” are rented out.

Facing those statistics, it makes sense to consolidate, Rupert said.

“Back in the day, when there was growth up there, we did some projections and we thought we would grow out that facility. But that growth has slowed at the lake,” Rupert said.

The move also makes fiscal sense for the U.S. Postal Service, which is facing a $6 billion deficit for the upcoming 2009-2010 fiscal year, Rupert said, as closing the annex means no rent, electricity or personnel costs need be paid by the government facility, which is not taxpayer-funded.

“Every little bit helps,” Rupert said.

Part of the consolidation includes a slight remodel to the main branch, Cutler said, to accommodate PO drawers, as it only houses PO boxes. Currently, there are about 210 drawers rented at the annex, Cutler said.

Residents are strongly encouraged to apply for home delivery, Cutler said, and can do so by visiting the main office. Most homes and neighborhoods in Incline are eligible for home delivery, she said.

“People pretty much come in and tell me what their address is, and then we can verify if it qualifies,” Cutler said. “We can accommodate most people.”

Cutler said the post office also is encouraging area Home Owner’s Associations and condominium complexes to apply for home delivery via a neighborhood cluster box.

Anyone with questions can contact the Incline Village post office at (775) 831-8994.

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