U.S. Postal Service says 'No' to proposed Joplin consolidation - KOAM TV 7

U.S. Postal Service says 'No' to proposed Joplin consolidation


Plans for a post office consolidation in Joplin have been put on hold.. After the U-S postal service announced today that its denied the city's proposal to merge into one office.

The city's already begun the process with the purchase of the old coca-cola factory.. But that process is at a stalemate.

Gary Box of Wallace Bajjali says simply..."I'm not taking that...And I'm not stopping right here."

City officials in Joplin mean business after a denied request to consolidate the north main and south main locations into one central building.

"This is how you work with the federal government. You may here "no" at the get-go, and then try to find out more in terms of what their logic was behind it and proceed from that point." says Joplin City Manager, Mark Rohr.

The proposal presented to the postal service back in July hoped to merge the two offices into one at the old Coca-Cola building, and use the first and main location office for  future construction of the stimulating progress through arts, recreation and knowledge office.

One of the key components to the proposed consolidation is the issue of safety. And city officials believe the North Main office is not in a safe location, which is why they're fighting to change the United States Postal Service's mind.

Rohr says "the location may have made sense when they went in, but in my mind, they're in a dangerous location now for the public."

and Box says "Joplin needs a new, better, combined location."

Box says he's spoken with several tiers of the region's postal service...from Kansas City to Denver...and says they all agree with the consolidation, but ultimately the decision lies at the headquarters in Washington.

"This is just the first step in the process. They have reviewed the request. They have done their own analysis, and they have said no." Box says.

Rohr and Wallace-Bajjali have both requested copies of the complete analysis from the Postal Service. There's no word on when they'll receive it.. Or if any details of the findings will be released.

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