Officials discuss post office, 2012 budget

— The Tannery Pond Community Center will get an added line to its north-facing sign, and the U.S. Postal Service responded to the town board's letter of support for the Riparius post office at the Oct. 4 town meeting.

Elise and Woody Widlund sent correspondence to the board noting that visitors to the town might be more inclined to visit the Widlund Gallery inside the community center if the gallery was advertised a little better.

To rectify this, the Widlunds offered to add to the sign on the north face of the building, which now reads “Tannery Pond Community Center,” so that passers-by will also read “and Widlund Gallery.”

The installation will be done at the Widlund's expense.

Daniel Cronin, post office operations manager from Albany, also sent correspondence to the board. The town passed a resolution to support the Riparius post office when they heard it was up for closure, and sent a letter to the Postal Service to that effect.

According to Cronin’s response letter, the Postal Service is still reviewing the future of the office, taking into account the board's letter of support and community input. Cronin had specific responses to some of the town's concerns.

“You expressed a concern about the loss of the community's identity. A community's identity derives from the interest and vitality of its residents and their use of its name. The Postal Service is helping to preserve community identity by continuing the use of the community name and ZIP code in addresses,” wrote Cronin.

Cronin also pointed out that visits to the local post office are mostly unnecessary, with home delivery planned as the office replacement and stamps available at many locations that people visit regularly, like grocery stores and gas stations.

Don Filkins, who presented a list of maintenance issues at the town board's last meeting, returned with an update on fix-it progress.

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