Pleas by residents of the Southport section of town that the U.S. Postal Service not close their neighborhood post office appear to have been answered. At least for now.
In a joint statement issued Thursday, U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., and U.S. Rep. Jim Himes, D-4, said the Postal Service has dropped plans to re-route mail processing and carriers from the Southport Post Office to the larger facility on Commerce Drive.
Murphy and Himes met with Southporters last week to discuss their concerns that, when the mail carriers and sorters were moved, the post office at 402 Pequot Ave. would likely be closed. Relocation of the services was scheduled to take place in August, although no plans to close the post office had been announced.
Neighborhood residents also complained that moving the operations to Commerce Drive would delay timely delivery of their mail.
"We're pleased that the USPS has decided not to re-route mail from the Southport Post Office to the Commerce Drive Post Office. Last week, we spoke with dozens of residents in the Southport community who expressed concern that the proposed rerouting would delay mail delivery and compromise services," Murphy and Himes said in the statement.
"We were proud to take their feedback to the USPS and encourage it to keep this route intact. This feedback helped USPS recognize the importance of the post office to the community, and we commend the agency for responding to our concerns so quickly."