(Kimballton) A large portion of the 130 current postal customers in Kimballton gathered last night at the town hall to express their concerns regarding the future of their post office.
Many community members raised questions and few, if any, seemed satisfied with the response they received. With the United States Postal Service losing between $24-$27 million per day, the Kimballton post office is one of over 200 Central Plains District offices currently being studied and facing shutdown.
USPS representative Wes Gronemeyer was on hand to share information about the process of the study and answers questions.
After a final decision is reached, there is a 30-60 day period allotted for the community to make an appeal if they choose to do so. The study takes into account the trending decrease in customer demand and the effect on the community served. Community member Bernard Kaltoft estimated the negative effect of losing the post office.
"The effect on our community served is roughly, at the very rock bottom number, this community loses $42,827 annually when the doors close over there. That's the building, the wages, and the extra fuel that it's going to take on a very minimal basis to drive to Elk-Horn and back to get your mail."
If the decision is to close the Kimballton post office, one possible option for the community is to purchase all of the equipment from the United States post office and run the operation as a third party. This idea is very similar to a Village post office like you may say in a retail outlet, where postal products and services are available to customers at convenient hours and locations.