Post office picks new home
The U.S. Postal Service has selected a new site to replace Truckee’s post offices, but Truckee officials may appeal the decision.
Currently the site of the U.S. Forest Service Ranger Station located on the corner of Interstate 80 and Donner Pass Road, the new offices would be about 1/2 mile from downtown Truckee. But the Truckee Town Council is still pushing for a downtown post office, and will consider appealing the decision tonight.
“It’s close but not in downtown,” said Town Manager Tony Lashbrook. “All the benefits of being in downtown would not happen.”
Lashbrook said town policy has been to keep important institutional uses in the downtown core, which has been reflected in polls from the Truckee Donner Chamber of Commerce and in public comment during a town workshop.
The Postal Service originally announced their intention to replace both the downtown office and the office located on Deerfield Drive with a new, larger facility in February.
Advertisements appeared in the Sierra Sun seeking 2.5 to 3.5 acres of land and a building size of between 19,000 and 21,000 square feet.
“This is the site that meets our needs,” said Teresa Rudkin, spokeswoman for the Postal Service.
The town has until June 15 to respond, Rudkin said.
Truckee’s town council will consider responding tonight, Lashbrook said, but whether or not the Postal Service would respond is not known.
“We have no direct control, we can file an appeal and try to get our senators and congressmen to weigh in,” Lashbrook said.
The town could take issue with the Postal Service not analyzing a split facility ” keeping a office downtown while shipping and sorting packages and letters in an outlying area, Lashbrook said.
The downside however, is if the town digs its heels in too much, the Postal Service could lose its funding, and the town would be stuck with the current offices, already struggling with too little space for the growing community, said Lashbrook.