The Community Development Committee has continued to follow the pending change of ownership at our Contract Post Office. Progress is being made. Diana Smeland (PLA) confirmed today that she and the new owner have a signed lease.
In the interest of trying to confirm that the post office will provide uninterrupted service to our community, we contacted Representative Derek Kilmer’s office and asked that they inquire with the USPS Regional Office in Seattle as to the status of the pending change. They received a response from the Acting Retail Manager in Seattle and Postmaster Larry Dekker in Port Hadlock. They were advised that two parties reached an agreement on sale of the business. I confirmed that with Frances and she added that a contract was in fact signed and notarized.
The new owner is now in the process of submitting necessary documents for approval for the contract with the USPS. Frances’ last day remains June 19th and the Acting Retail Manager in Seattle assures her that the contract with the new owner can be in place by then. In the event this is not the case, there is a plan in formulation to move the current U.S. Post Office Boxes from Port Ludlow Contract Post Office to Port Hadlock until such time as the new contract office is established.