The United States Postal Service is proposing to close the Chama post office. A public meeting conducted by the US Postal Service was held on Wednesday November 9, 2011 in Chama. The meeting was packed with concerned citizens worried about what the future of their community would look like if the post office closed.
Residents of Chama and other concerned citizens of Costilla County have 60 days following the November 9th meeting to submit letters to the US Postal Service stating why the post office should not be closed. Citizens should explain to the US Postal Service why the Chama post office is unique and state that residents are committed to keeping their post office open.
The post office closure will have the most severe impact on the elderly, those that don’t drive, people that are disabled, those without computers, or Internet access and citizens that receive medications through the mail.
After the 60 days the district post office manager will decide whether or not the Chama Post Office will remain on the closure list. If the post office stays on the list, residents of Chama will have 30 days to appeal the closure to the US Postal Regulatory Committee. The committee will then have 120 days to review the case and render a final decision.
The 60-day comment period for the Chama post office closure ends on January 8, 2012.
To protest the closure of the Chama post office and explain why the post offices should remain open, send letters to Ruth Goldway at the address below as soon as possible and no later than January 8, 2011
Ruth Y. Goldway, Chairman
Postal Regulatory Commission
901 New York Avenue NW, Suite 200
Washington, DC 20268-0001