This letter is a request for help. The community of Dunn Center has had our post office put in an emergency suspension situation as of Oct. 1.
The reason the manager of operations gave was that there was a lack of interest for someone to maintain or staff the office.
A meeting will be conducted today at 1 p.m. to finish the business at hand of the Dunn Center Post Office. The citizens are concerned and want to keep and maintain our Post Office.
The Postal Service did not follow proper procedure in the hiring of someone for this position when the regular postmaster retired on May 31. The postmaster was to work until a replacement was found to work full time.
There was a public meeting held on Sept. 24 with the concerns of the Dunn Center Post Office, neither the League of Postmaster’s president or the National Association of Postmaster’s president, would sign off on the emergency suspension. Their feeling being that the hiring process was not done timely or thoroughly.
On Oct. 1, our post office was put on emergency suspension, equipment cleaned out and supplies removed.
The Dunn Center Post Office was established in 1914 when the town was founded. The population has fluctuated throughout the years but presently, we have 75-90 boxes and the numbers change due to the oil activity in the area.
We presently have three oil company offices and with development, more will be coming. We have an elderly population that depends on the post office as some are unable to travel long distances or have transportation, relying on Elder Care busing service once a week for shopping and medical needs.
We have an active Lutheran church, public library, county museum, used book store, bar, trailer court and a large park that is used by everyone.
We would appreciate any and all the help you can give us in this matter. I believe we can get someone that is capable of doing the job.
The unemployment being what it is and the emphasis on jobs, wouldn’t this post office job qualify as a stimulus job in the rural area?
Grant Brown, Dunn Center