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Post offices in Oliver, Rocky Ford may close
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      OLIVER - Rocky Ford and Oliver are among the 45 post office locations in Georgia on a list released by the United States Postal Service Tuesday of 3,700 retail locations across the country that would be evaluated for possible closure.
      An office under review doesn't necessarily mean closure is inevitable, according to postal officials. Likewise, just because a city is not on the list, it does not mean the post office is safe.
      The post office in Daisy, just outside Claxton, began the review process in late April. After an initial town meeting, Daisy citizens alongside Mayor Inman "Junior" Brown and wife Carolyn have done everything they could think of to save the Daisy office, or save the town of Daisy, as many have put it.
      Since submitting a 92-signature petition and adorning the town with blue ribbons to raise awareness, Brown said it is now just a waiting game.
      An announcement is expected to reveal the fate of the Daisy office in late August.
      Daisy is still considered an "active study," said Stephen Seewoester, public affairs representative for the postal service, even though it does not appear on Tuesday's list.
      "Earlier this year, the USPS identified 1,400 offices nationally for study," he said. "While 280 of those have been closed nationally, the remainder are either no longer being studied or studies haven't been finalized or will migrate to the new list announced [Tuesday]."
      According to the Associated Press, 200 are done with the review process and will remain open.
      The new list released Tuesday includes locations in Oliver and Rocky Ford, which are in the beginning of the study process, Seewoester said.
      Once an office is selected for a review, people served by that office have 60 days to file their comments. If an office is to be closed, a town may appeal to the independent Postal Regulatory Commission.
      Oliver's town meeting was held July 11 to address the concerns of locals and outline the study process, and data collection supporting keeping the office open has begun, including surveys and written statements of residents.
      Rocky Ford's town meeting has yet to be scheduled.
      The state-by-state listing released Tuesday of post offices to be reviewed can be found at http://about.usps.com/news/electronic-press-kits/expandedaccess/statelist.htm.

 

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