June 30, 2016

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Official: If surveys aren’t returned, post office is doomed

CHIPPEWA LAKE — Village officials are campaigning to save the post office.

The mayor and Village Council member are urging residents to return surveys that were mailed to their homes in September.

The surveys ask recipients whether they favor reducing post office hours, moving it to another government office, library or store, or closing it down.

Mayor Joanna Dodaro encourages everyone to choose the reducing hours option.

“I couldn’t imagine people not wanting their post office open,” she said.

Dodaro said not responding to the survey is the equivalent of recommending closing the post office.

“From what I understand, if people don’t answer the surveys, the post office is going to close,” she said.

Chippewa Lake’s post office, 5825 Heather Hedge Drive, is among thousands of low-revenue, rural post offices nationwide that may trim hours or close as part of a cost-cutting drive.

Dodaro said if the post office is shuttered, residents will have to go to another post office. The nearest are in Westfield Center and Medina, about 5 and 7 miles away, respectively.

That would be a hardship for some residents, the mayor said.

“The Chippewa Lake area is rural, and access to public services is very important to many residents,” according to a news release. “Older residents with limited mobility depend on the ease of access to the facility.”

Dodaro said some people may have thrown away their surveys, thinking it was just junk mail. If that’s the case, she said, they can pick up a new one at the post office.

Surveys must be completed and returned by Tuesday.

Post office officials will meet 6 p.m. Oct. 30 at the Lafayette Fire Department, 5834 Heather Hedge Drive, to discuss the survey results.

Contact Nick Glunt at (330) 721-4048 or nglunt@medina-gazette.com.

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Nick Glunt primarily covers courts and crime in Medina County. He served The Gazette from September 2012 to December 2015. Contact him at (330) 721-4048 or via email at nglunt@medina-gazette.com.