(Lewis) Lewis residents are asked to come in force to a special meeting October 20th, at the Community building regarding the town's Post Office. The U.S. Postal Service may close as many as 3,700, or 12 percent, of its post offices, including 178 in Iowa, and the Lewis Post Office is on the list.
Lewis resident Craig Meyer, chair of the "Save the Lewis Post Office Committee," tells KSOM/KS95 news that it is very important that residents come to this meeting.
“I think a lot of this is determined by how the people want their post office and if you show interest in wanting to save it, I think there is a good change Lewis could save their post office,” said Meyer. “And if you can’t be at the meeting, at least send in the letter that we sent you, fill it out and mail is back.”
Meyer says it is important to a town's economic stability to house their own post office. He explained that a question was presented to a Post Office representative at one of the town meetings if he (the Post Office representative) would move to a town that did not have a post office. “He said no, he would not, so I think that will hurt wanting to move to Lewis,” said Meyer.
Meyer says if the post office closes residents would have to purchase cluster mailboxes which are out in the climate. “They’re quite expensive if they put them all in one corner,” said Meyer. “Plus, with ice and snow, you have to maintain that yourself.”
And, Meyer says it will be very difficult for residents who receive medicine in the mail. “If it’s climate controlled, it can’t be out in the heat or in the cold, so there really is no place to keep the medicines for people,” explained Meyer.
The meeting will be held at the Lewis Community Building at 7:00 p.m., Thursday, October 20.