U.S. Postal officials on Monday said they are not in favor of re-establishing a post office in downtown Healdsburg to replace the one destroyed by fire, despite acknowledging that it was “beloved in the community.”
Bay Area officials said they will recommend to their superiors in Washington, D.C., that the Foss Creek carrier annex a half-mile away from the downtown site be made Healdsburg's permanent post office.
Postal officials who attended the City Council meeting Monday said they also would suggest some type of contract postal unit downtown where customers could conduct all mail business except buying money orders.
While one member of the public lauded the idea of a contract postal facility, others said they were not satisfied.
Councilman Jim Wood criticized the plans as counter to Healdsburg's intent to create a “livable, walkable, sustainable community.”
Councilwoman Susan Jones noted that it is a tough situation because the Postal Service has been losing money.
“The Post Office downtown was part of our community. It provided community,” she said. She expressed qualms about a contract facility that would not be manned by postal employees.
Her comments followed those of Healdsburg postal clerk Maureen Mosley, who raised security and theft concerns about poorly-paid, non-postal employees handling mail in a contract facility
After the council meeting, postal spokesman Jim Wigdel said the comments will be forwarded to officials in Washington who will make the final decision. But he said the recommendation still stands to make the Foss Creek annex a permanent post office.
Wigdel and several other officials heard an earful Monday about access and traffic problems at the Foss Creek facility. They heard about jammed traffic, fender benders in the parking lot and a pedestrian's foot that was run over.