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Galloway Township Closing Municipal Complex Post Office

It will close effective Jan. 1, 2013.

After a long fight, the post office finally gave in.

The post office at the municipal complex on Jimmie Leeds Road in Galloway will close as of Jan. 1, 2013. The drop boxes will remain in place.

According to Township Manager Arch Liston, profits from the post office were down half a percent from the previous year. The post office was generating $54,000 and expenses are $80,000, according to Liston.

“Part of the problem is that when people are out running errands, the post office is closed because the employee is at lunch,” Councilman Jim Gorman said at the council meeting on Tuesday night, Oct. 23.

“We’ve been kicking this can down the street a long time,” Mayor Don Purdy said of the decision to close the post office. “It’s nice to have a post office in Galloway, but we’re not in the postal business.”

The discussion regarding closing the Post Office began in 2010, but resident Anna Jezycki has led the fight on the part of the residents to keep the post office open.

“I understand it’s a financial thing and that’s why we have to close it, but don’t say we’re not in the postal business because that’s not why this post office is here in the first place,” she said during the public comment portion Tuesday night. “It’s there because we needed our own zip code. We never looked at it as the township taking on something it shouldn’t be doing. … The mail used to read Absecon Highlands, now it reads Galloway Township. We have a new zip code (08205).

“This is a mistake. Once we close the post office, we’ll never have it again.”

The rest of the story October 26, 2012 at 12:44 PM
Mayor Purdy, aka King Purdy is not supposed to be running this town......the township manager is! Purdy cannnot be trusted, that is why he and his buddy Price want to start another club. The decent people in the Republican Party do not want them. I can see that new club now...President...Purdy. VP Richard Price...Sec Michele Purdy, Treasurer...someone with the last name Price. Members at least 10 people with the last name Price. Sorry I moved out of state before this happens. However, the decent, respected people of the GTRL will prevail. Scheeler, keep hiding behind that blog. I know you will only be happy when you can dance on Lucarelli's grave. Mrs J, wake up. Mayor Don is too busy for you.
Keep Galloway Green October 26, 2012 at 02:22 PM
Galloway should be finding ways to keep Post Office open. I'm sure they could get a grant somewhere....they get grants for everything else. Galloway should come to terms with new union to keep Post Office open. Post Office could charge a small surcharge on packages to break even. Banks....phone companies & others charge all kinds of extra fees. There are things that could be done to make the Post Office work. Galloway can get all this new development with extra ratables but they can't keep a little Post Office open for residents? Just shows they don't care about residents. Galloway should seek grants & meet with new union ASAP. It took a long time to get Post Office...now they are letting it slip away?....What does Purdy care?...He lives in Egg Harbor City. The Post Office is a service for the people & should be maintained! Losing the Post Office represents failure by the Township Manager & this Mayor & Council. Township Manager should work on keeping Post Office. Make it full time hours....forget this stupid idea of closing every day for lunch.
Michael Guenther October 26, 2012 at 03:39 PM
The USPS is losing $3 billion every quarter now. They have closed over 2/3 of their mail processing centers in the last 6 years. Sooner or later the post office as we know it will cease to exist. It's inevitable. The local facilities with mail boxes may stay open for the foreseeable future but sooner or later window hours will start being cut back and eventually eliminated. It's a shame, the USPS is one of our oldest government agencies but it's current structure is doomed.
Concerned GT Resident October 26, 2012 at 04:04 PM
You moved out of state (or out of town to EHT) and now your ranting on a local blog? For what purpose?

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