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Post office plans new building

ByJOHN A. BAYLESS, Sierra Sun

Truckee’s mail service is growing along with the rest of the region, and officials from the U.S. Postal Service on June 8 announced plans to build a new larger structure.

In the Truckee Town Council meeting last Thursday, Postal Service administrators outlined the reasons behind the new building and some details of the plan.

“In the Postal Service, one of things that triggers us to let us know we might need a new facility is when the productivity in a particular office begins to decline,” Post Office Operations Manager Becky Bernard told council. “That happens when a post office becomes functionally obsolete. The post office boxes are not large enough to accommodate the amount of mail you receive in one day. I’m sure that most of you, if you have a post office box, know that’s a problem in Truckee.”

Bernard said the Truckee Post Office, which is located on the corner of Jibboom and Bridge streets, is too small to be modified or updated.

“Truckee is not just a small nucleus where we can have one post office,” Bernard said. “We thought the best thing to do would be to have an additional post office in Truckee, and that’s what we’re looking to do.”

Ed Barr, the supervisor for customer services in the Truckee Post Office, said the current facility was never designed for rural deliveries.

“When they started deliveries eight or nine years ago, they started with three routes that were two hours long,” Barr said. “Now we have eight routes that are more than eight hours long and a ninth route that is still growing. It’s growing at a route per year and we don’t have the space to accommodate it.”

Barr said each route housed in the building takes up about about 120 square feet.

“With the growth in the last two months we have added 120 new deliveries,” Barr said, explaining that some of those might be people who opted for home delivery instead of a post office box.

Postal Service Real Estate Specialist Bob MacGill, who is coordinating the project, said the new 7,270-square-foot building will be similar to ones recently erected in Alturas and Susanville.

“We’ll be looking for a site of about 1.4 to 1.5 acres,” MacGill said. “The square footage on the site is net usable, exclusive of setbacks, water retention or anything else that the town may require.”

He said the preferred site for the new post office will be on the east side of Truckee, along Highway 89 to the north and then to the south along Highway 267.

The facility should have 1,785 post office boxes, 37 parking spaces, two handicapped spaces, seven employee parking spaces, and room for six carrier vehicles and a mail drop, MacGill said.

In response to questions from council, MacGill said the Postal Service will work to extend its current downtown lease, which ends in 2002.

“We have two areas, retail and delivery,” Bernard said. “Delivery can take up a lot of room,and there’s no need for them to be downtown. I can assure you we will always have a retail presences downtown.”


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