The Times West Virginian

August 29, 2013

Baxter faces possibility of losing its post office

By Debra Minor Wilson
Times West Virginian

FAIRMONT — For the time being, residents of Baxter still have their ZIP code. But they might be losing their post office.

The tiny village was told recently its post office would be closing. The nearest would be in Rivesville, about three miles away. That’s a long distance for the seniors who don’t drive, said Baxter resident Andrew Noshagya.

He addressed the Marion County Commission Wednesday about the situation.

One solution would be a USPS Village Post Office, operated by community businesses to provide selected postal products and services. These retail units may also provide post office boxes either inside or outside the business.

Another option would be for residents to install mail boxes at their homes for home delivery.

“Whatever we can do to help, we will,” said commission President Randy Elliott.

The post office was threatened to be closed six years ago because of its poor condition, Noshagya said. But $22,000 was pumped in to provide security and other requirements needed to keep it open.

“People pay their bills there,” he said. “Businesses buy their stamps there. That post office means a lot. When you lose your schools and churches, losing your post office would be a big hit.”

 

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