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Three Randall town supervisors urged United States Postal Service officials to consider the former Randall Fire Department station in Bassett as a location for the Bassett Post Office at a meeting at Town Hall Tuesday.
The meeting was held by US Postal Service officials to update the community on the status of the Bassett Post Office, which closed in July after losing its lease. As an emergency measure, Bassett boxes were temporarily relocated to the Twin Lakes Post Office, while retaining their Bassett addresses.
Since the postal service has been unable to find a suitable location for a new Bassett Post Office, the fate of that post office has moved to a 60-day stage where it will be under study for final closure — discontinuance in USPS terminology.
But town Supervisors Lauren Fox, Randy Kaskin and Bob Gehring all offered the former fire department building (see Google Streetview image above), which shares a parking lot with Town Hall, as a possible location for a post office.
Fox asked why the building was not considered before the determination was made that no suitable location existed.
“I can understand why people are upset,” Fox said. “We have a perfectly good building over there that could be used as a post office. We’re more than willing to negotiate whatever you need.”
USPS representative Diane Jones said, while she personally is unable to negotiate real estate matters, she would be definitely bring the town’s proposal to the proper officials within USPS.
Part of that building is used to house buses for the Western Kenosha County Transit system.
About 20 members of the public attended the meeting. Most were upset with the possibility of having to change their long-held Bassett mailing addresses either to a Twin Lakes or other post office box or start receiving rural delivery from the Burlington Post Office and have a Burlington mailing address.
There were 82 post office box holders in the Bassett Post office when it closed.
After the 60 day study period, a final determination on whether to close the Bassett Post Office for good would take indefinite amount of time, the USPS officials said.
“I wish I could give you dates for when responses would come back, but I can’t,” said USPS representative Nancy Borst. “It could take a month; it could take a year.”
Bassett box holders will be able to keep their Twin Lakes boxes with Bassett addresses until the final determination is made.
US Postal Service officials address the public at Randall Town Hall in Bassett on Tuesday.