PULASKI, Va. - Pulaski Town Council is getting ready to vote on a resolution asking the federal government to re-open its post office. The building was closed with only a day's notice following an OSHA investigation into mold.
Town Manager Shawn Utt says it's now been closed for more than a week, and he has very few answers as to why the building even closed in the first place. He says, this resolution is asking for those answers, and explaining how the loss is hurting the town.
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"You can tell just the downtown area, the foot traffic is not there," said Utt.
Utt says being able to walk to the post office is a community staple in Pulaski.
"I would estimate 30, 35 percent of the patrons walk there, so within a four or five block radius, six block radius, to be able to get to Dublin is a huge impediment to those citizens," said Utt.
Dublin is where people in Pulaski now have to drive for their mail. People like Meredith McGrady, who works at the Blue Ridge Fudge Lady.
"When you have something larger that you do have to go into the post office to ship, that's going to make it a lot harder having to drive all the way to Dublin," said McGrady.
That drive is 14 miles round trip, and McGrady says when she and others leave town, they spend their money elsewhere.
"That means that we're taking our lunch business to Dublin, which is good for Dublin, but it's definitely going to hurt downtown businesses for now," said McGrady.
The new resolution acknowledges how important the post office is to businesses like McGrady's, and it demonstrates the town's frustration, saying "The Town of Pulaski opposes any attempt to close the Pulaski Post Office and remove postal services from the Town without full public notice."
"Whether they decide to relocate this or fix it, just have some more transparency for the citizens, have some more respect for the citizens," said Utt.
McGrady says she's glad to see the town taking a stand.
"I definitely want to see our post office open back up. Same location, don't want them to move. Would love to have them come back quickly," said McGrady.
Council will vote on that resolution at it's meeting Tuesday night, starting at seven o'clock in the Pulaski Municipal Building.
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