Area post offices won't close, despite rumors

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Nearest one on Wednesday list is in Evansville

By Kevin Koelling, Managing Editor

CANNELTON - Cannelton's post office did not appear on a Sept. 2 list of 413 proposed for closing, squelching a rumor Councilwoman Lynn Fulkerson said had a couple of residents concerned.

She reported at a special meeting of the city's common council Aug. 27 she had heard a rumor the city's postal facility was to be closed.

The meeting was a rescheduled gathering of the council originally set for Aug. 25 to discuss next year's budget. That meeting was bumped two days due to a lack of quorum.

The council approved the $761,000 budget proposed for 2010, which includes a 1-percent pay raise for city employees, with no increase for elected or appointed officials, according to Clerk-Treasurer Arvina Bozarth. It does include a raise from $4,000 to $10,000 for part-time police patrolmen because "more part-timers are taking up the slack," she said after the meeting. The March death of Chief Kenny Kellems and a desire to reduce the accumulated compensatory time of other officers led to the increased use of part-timers.

The city's budget, like those of other taxing entities, must still go before the county council for a nonbinding review.

The list of post offices nationwide being eyed for closure had been pared from nearly 700, according to a Wednesday report from the Associated Press. It cited a sharp decline in mail volume caused by the recession and the movement of traditional mail to the Internet, which could lead to a $7 billion deficit for the postal service this year.

A link with the story leads to the list. The post office nearest to Perry County appearing on it is the facility at 4490 First Ave. in Evansville. Eleven Indiana post offices are listed, with the others in Fort Wayne, Gary, Indianapolis and South Bend. A note accompanying the list says it's not final and that an update is expected next month.