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Wednesday August 10, 2011 $1.00 itilii,,lll,iihl.,l.iii,l,ili,lh.iliil,iiiiMhlMh,ill ***************MIXED ADC 50902 09/13/99 b 217 W COTA ST SHELTON. WA 98584-2263 2 6 VOLUME NO. 26 NUMBER 50 10 PAG ES Plus supplements in local edition AREA POST OFFICES FACING-CLOSURE In cost cutting efforts the U.S. Postal Service is looking at possible closing of 3,700 post offices out of 32,000 nationwide By Tom Merc hant Sentinel Tribune SPECIAL -- With the advent of electronic delivery of information, the Postal Service has been faced with declining revenues. Over the years the Postal Service has worked to modernize and fine tune its operations to meet the demands of a changing customer base. "Today, more than 35 percent of the Postal Service's retail revenue comes from expanded access loca- tions such as grocery stores, drug stores, office supply stores, retail chains, self service kiosks, ATMs and, open 24/7." said Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe. "Our cus- tomer's habits have made it clear that they no longer require a physical post office to conduct most of their postal business." ii For commu- nities without a postal retail office and for communities affected by these retail optimization efforts, the Postal Service introduced the Village Post Office as a potential replacement option. Village Post Offices could be located in local busi- ness places, like grocery stores or pharmacies. They would be able to sell pop- ular postal products and services such as stamps and fiat-rate packaging. "The Postal Service of the future will be smaller, leaner and more com- petitive and it will continue to drive commerce, serve communities and deliver value," Donahoe stated. Earlier this spring the post office announced the potential closing of 3,700 Postal Retail outlets in the coun- try. Dovray~ and Revere were among ii~ those first selected for review in this area. Public meet- ] . rags were scheduled '~ with postal authori- ties in both commu- nities. Those pres- ent at the meetings were able to speak and ask questions about the possible closures. Some of the Jeff Frank, Officer in Charge, Revere Post Office. at the, Sherry Sorenson greets customers at the window of the Dovray Post Office. lows: Concern about irregular hours rural route serves the community. Concerns about length of time it took to forward your mail. Concerns about damage to mail boxes by snow plows. Concern about mail security. Concern about obtaining servic- es from the carrier, and package delivery and pickup. All of the information collected from customers will be evaluated by the Postal Service before making a final decision about Post Office clo- sures. Sherry Sorenson, current Officer in Charge, started her career part- time at the Windom Post Office in the late 80's. Then in 1992 she moved to Storden as a PMR (post master relief). In 1998 she was offered the Officer in Charge job at Dovray, and at that time she was offered a full time posi- tion at Windom. However, she didn't like the odd hours she would have had to work there. So she took the job at Dovray. concerns posed by Post Office-- customers at the meetings were as fol- Continued on page 3 The Water of life Monday morning, city employee, Tom Hansen, was busy watering the flowers on Main Street in Walnut Grove. The Walnut Grove Loggers purchased the watering tank for the city to use. Council continues to review PTO City will ratify changes for vacation and sick leave at a future meeting By Tom Merchant Sentin el Tribune WESTBROOK -- The council reviewed a policy that would combine sick leave with vacation pay. Many entities are going to similar polices. Combining the two simplifies how sick days and vacation days are used. The new policy would be a personal time off or (PTO). Mayor Rocky Kolar felt the new policy would be a win win situation for employees and for the city. Full time employees would receive 128 hours in their first year of employment, while employees with 21 or more years would receive 264 hours per year. Maximum accrual in any eal~ar year would be 480 hours. Part time employees who work 32 hours per week on a regular basis will also be eligible according to the number of hours worked. Seasonal employees are not entitled to any benefits. Employees who leave employment can receive severance pay value in the employees wage rate x 100 percent of the account balance to a maximum of 480 hours. The new policy will be voted on at a future meeting. Floyd Knakmuhs approached the council about the sidewalk on his comer. Last year, late in the street project, the sidewalk was not replaced. Mayor Kolar explained they (the city) was waiting until there was other concrete job to be done so it can be incorporated with that work. Kolar said it will be done before winter this year. Street supervisor Dan Joel told the council repairs for the city's snow blower will cost about $1,700 plus $400 to replace lubricants. Joel said, "I was told that is a high figure for the work." The council approved the work. Snow removal for private businesses and churches was discussed. The council is consid- ering a fee for removing snow piles from busi- nesses and churches. Joel said we spent three days hauling out one pile this last spring. Council ~ Continued on page 3 Attention Westbrook area 4.H Fair winners WESTBROOK- To all livestock and non-livestock, champion and reserve champion winners - the Sentinel Tribune photographer will be available for pictures Friday, August 19, during the Cottonwood County fair. If you wish to have your picture taken, be by the fair office between 1 - 3 p.m, this is the only day the photogra- pher can be at the fairgrounds. Thank you for your cooperation. 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