By: Christine Souders
A QCA post office could be closing it's doors, but before that happens, the postal service wants to know what folks in Buffalo, Iowa think.
Because of the US Postal Service money woes, changes are coming to the Buffalo location no matter what. Many residents made it clear at Monday night's city council meeting, they don't want it to close, but they don't like the options they're being given either.
Lupe Garcia goes to the Buffalo Post Office every day. He relies on it not only for his mail, but his medications, "We need our post office."
So, Garcia wasn't too happy when he along with other Buffalo residents, got a survey asking them to choose one of four options. The first, keep the post office open but shorten the hours of operation from 8 to 6 a day. Option two, close the post office and switch to roadside delivery. The third choice, contract it out to a local business, and last but not least, send folks about 5 miles away to get their mail.
"We'd have to go to Blue Grass, and that's too much out of the way, just too inconvenient," Garcia said.
At Monday's city council meeting Buffalo leaders came up with an option of their own; moving the post office to city hall, so the U.S.P.S. wouldn't have to pay for a building. Postal leaders will take all the options into consideration and come up with a plan in a few weeks.
"They're going to tell us how the survey results came out, and give us some general idea what they're going to do," said Doug Anderson, Mayor of Buffalo.
Residents have until October 4th to fill out and mail in the survey. U.S.P.S. representatives will be at the Buffalo post office on the 18th to answer any questions.