Sun Valley's Sole Post Office Proposed to Close

SUN VALLEY, Nev. -- Getting snail mail might take a little longer especially for Sun Valley residents. Starting in October, they'll have to look elsewhere to pick up their mail. Their only post office in the neighborhood is next on the chopping blocks and residents have until the end of September to save it.

Upset and confused, the pending closure of a local post office branch is leaving loyal customers with unanswered questions.

"To me it's crazy, okay? I'm still shaking my head, no, no you're not saving anything by closing this!" a local man said.

"We use this post office a lot and it's hard. There are a lot of retired people, if you look at the age of the people coming into the post office, I mean, most of them are seniors," another Sun Valley resident said.

Currently, P.O. box holders have to travel an extra eight miles to Sparks to pick up packages, but with the post office closing, it would make it even more difficult for seniors and those with limited transportation to get a hold of their mail.

"We already feel like we're driving here to Los Angeles just to get out of Sun Valley," a local woman said.

It'll be a burden for locals, but to the United States Postal Service, it'll be a big a money-saver.

"We need some compelling arguments. The savings are going to be about a half-million dollars over a 10-year period," David Rupert, USPS representative said.

He also says that residents can still get mail and packages delivered tot their doors without charge, but since that post office services only about 200 P.O. box holder, USPS has lost 50% of its revenue in the last five years.

'It's kind of a sign that of the times that more people are using other post offices and this just kind of has lived is usefulness out there," Rupert added.

Residents are taking matters into their own hands. They've created petitions and have posted comment forms around town for people to fill out and return to representatives in hopes that they can keep their post office open.

"It's quite a drive for someone who lives in Sun Valley who commutes every day to go to work and then when you get home, and you try to make the post office when it closes at five, you know, what are we going to do?" A Sun Valley resident said.

Although, the decision to close the post office isn't final, the idea leaves many residents feeling forgotten.

"We're tax payers just like the city of Reno, we work hard, we do what we can to maintain Sun Valley and to take away our post office, I don't think that's fair."

Unfortunately, USPS does not receive any tax money for their operations.

Residents have until September 29th to complete and submit a comment form, which can be found at the Sun Valley branch, Sierra Station, and Sparks Post Office.

Rupert says these comments will be reviewed before a final decision is made.


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