Truckee looks to Congress for help with post office
July 21, 2008
As the U.S. Postal Service moves forward with plans for a new post office in Truckee, the town is still looking for ways to keep it downtown.
At Thursday’s meeting, Truckee Town Council decided to elicit help from Senator Barbara Boxer and Congressman John Doolittle, and to see where the Postal Services plans take them.
“We talked about different avenues, both legal and political,” said Mayor Barbara Green.
The town will ask the two political officials for help in exploring a split option, where an office could remain downtown and distribution could be moved to the periphery, Green said.
“We’ve asked them to help us get some examples of other towns that have done this,” said Town Manager Tony Lashbrook.
The Postal Service currently has plans to replace both the downtown and Deerfield Drive offices with one on property located on Donner Pass Road north of Interstate 80, where the U.S. Forest Service currently resides.
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But Green said there is still some doubt concerning the Postal Service buying the land and building a 20,000 square-foot facility with the stated $3 million to $4 million budget.
“On the one hand if their budget is not realistic the project may not move forward, on the other if they seek additional funding it may be an opportunity for the town,” Lashbrook said.