Although U.S. Postal officials say a final decision on the closing of Cheraw’s downtown facility will be made in less than 30 days, they have agreed to send a copy of Cheraw Mayor Andy Ingram’s pre-written survey to every resident in the 29520 zip code.
A public forum with representatives from the U.S. Postal Service, held last Thursday evening at the Cheraw Community Center, attacted about 75 residents. They were loaded with traffic statistics and alternative solutions, hoping to sway a decision to move Cheraw’s postal services to the annex building on Highway 9.
U.S. Postal Representative Bryan Cramer told Thursday’s audience the Postal Service “decided not to accept the city’s (Cheraw’s) plan — this will be a relocation.” He then gave several reasons. The modular units, suggested by city officials, “are only considered as a 15-year option,” said Cramer. The brick structure on Highway 9, built in 1998, provides a 50-year option. Cramer also said the use of ramps to transport mail to and from the modular units would create problems in safety for employees and could possibly compromise the condition of the mail in bad weather. Liability, in terms of security, is also an issue with modular units, said Cramer.
Opponents to the closing told postal officials the loss of mail services downtown would only be part of the problem Cheraw residents would then face. Economically, they say, the loss of traffic generated by trips to the post office will impact many local businesses downtown.
Harry Spratlin, spokesman for the U.S. Postal Service, said, “Further comments from the public will be accepted until Monday, Sept. 3, as part of this forum.” Those comments may be mailed to Public Comments, Cheraw Relocation, P.O. Box 929993, Columbia, SC 29292-9993.