The U.S. Postal Service has officially told residents of Reading that it has approved a new post office, and they're looking for 700 square-feet of space to accomodate it.
Friday's meeting at the Reading Community Center brought many local residents out to listen to representatives of the U.S. Postal Service make the announcement in-person, and listen to residents' input and comments.
Reading resident Linda Van Gundy says the community is excited to get their post office back, three years after a tornado destroyed it and much of the rest of town. Van Gundy's husband is the retired Postmaster; she says there are still some questions.
Van Gundy and others said it would be more beneficial to Reading-area residents if they had their own carriers. Currently, the Postal Service is planning on making this new post office retail-only, with 100 boxes available. Other concerns included the amount of funding needed to sustain the operation, and hours of operation.
Representatives of the Postal Service answered some of the residents' questions, but were not allowed to speak with KVOE News. They told residents that some details still needed to be clarified.
Lyon County Commissioner Scott Briggs lives in Reading. He says he, along with others, are excited to have a post office back.
Sen. Jerry Moran has been working on this issue for some time, first bringing it to the attention of Postmaster General Patrick Donahue in 2011. Bill Maness, Sen. Moran's representative for the region, says it's been a long-time coming.
The next step will be to find a suitable space for the new post office, and negotiate a lease agreement.