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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.”

Concerned GT Resident October 25, 2012 at 01:39 PM
Mrs J. is right, once the post office is gone the Township will never get it back. Was a nice amenity to have but since this council under Purdy control has spent every possible penny on things the Township doesn't need or giving $10,000 raises to employees while others are laid off, this is what you get. Maybe if you reduce the pay in those positions that people want to resign in i.e. Clerks Office and stop giving raises to employees for not doing any work, than maybe the Township would have enough money to keep the post office running. Maybe Archy doesn't want to rock that boat. That's what happens when you hire "friends".
Keep Galloway Green October 25, 2012 at 02:30 PM
There was never a need to close that Post Office. Galloway just wastes money on bloated salaries. They just want to get rid of Post Office because they want to sell entire complex. If they kept it open full time then it would make more$$$. Now that there is new union representing workers....Galloway should come up with an agreeable plan to keep it open. Galloway might also get grants to keep it open. Galloway gets grants for everything else. Having the Post Office is a service to the residents. What else do residents get for an avg of $4000 a yr taxes?.....Leaf pick up. Galloway spent $38,000 on software so the cops can write e-tickets....Yet they can't keep a Post Office open. This just represents more failure by Purdy/Coppola & company.
Keep Galloway Green October 25, 2012 at 02:37 PM
Name one other business that closes 1hr 15 min for lunch?.... Purdy Automotive should keep same hours?....How about Coppola's Restaurant?...By having those stupid hours the business was killed. Purdy /Coppola & Council are ruining this town!
tintonfallsretiree October 25, 2012 at 02:54 PM
Egg Harbor Township's 43,000 residents have never had their own post office. They don't even have one within their town's borders. They either have to go to Northfield or Mays Landing. Whats even more sad, their residents don't even complain. Galloway Township has four within their borders. These numerous facts tell me that the residents should be more than able to manage without one and therefore follow EHT's residents examples by not complaining as we will still be 100x times better off, even after this contract facility is closed.
Red October 25, 2012 at 05:03 PM
And now Galloway can continue to be the same one horse burg that it has always been. Any business considering moving to the town will be quite impressed to know that we have no post office that is officially the Galloway post office. There is the dinky little place in Leeds Point -- as though that is needed, then there is an actual small PO in Oceanville but frankly -- what the town needs is a larger facility that is centrally located in the township. Mrs. J is right -- once you give it up, you will never get it back -- unfortunately.
Keep Galloway Green October 25, 2012 at 07:54 PM
Another story said Post Office was losing about $12,000 a yr. Now this year they are losing $26,000?.... Where are all these facts & figures ?....What do they spend $80,000 on in 10 mo?....Post all the facts & figures Arch....I tend not to believe Galloway!
Keep Galloway Green October 25, 2012 at 07:57 PM
Hey Anthony: Why don't you do a story on all the facts & figures about the Galloway Post Office. I'm sure somebody could run it at a profit. Just because Galloway can't doesn't mean someone else couldn't.
Donna Ann Thomas October 25, 2012 at 11:35 PM
It stinks that Galloway doesn't have it's own "official" Post Office, but I think that decision was made by the Postal Service *years* ago when the huge Absecon Post Office was built. Absecon's only needed to be so big so that they could handle the mail of the much larger population of Galloway Township. So meanwhile, we will still avoid the Absecon PO by using Oceanville or Pomona, whichever one we happen to be heading towards at the time.
Michael Guenther October 26, 2012 at 04:09 AM
I never paid much attention to the post office in the municipal complex because Cologne PO was a 1/4 mile from where I lived. I always assumed that the space was given to the PO by the township. Am I right in understanding that the township paid the PO to be there and has been losing money on it for however long? If it was just a storefront and people will still get home delivery and the township is keeping it's zip code I don't understand what the real problem is. The post office is dying. It can't pay it's bills and it won't get better any time soon. The real question to me is how long before the PO closes Cologne, Oceanville and maybe Pomona POs too.
Donna Ann Thomas October 26, 2012 at 04:23 AM
I don't know if Pomona will close any time soon, because it does have boxes for Pomona residents. The last I knew, people in Pomona Oaks had no delivery, just the boxes. Do Cologne and Oceanville have boxes? Because that could make a difference. The one at the Municipal Complex is relatively new, and really is just a storefront, as you say, Michael.
The rest of the story October 26, 2012 at 12:31 PM
The post office was scheduled to close a while back. Casualty of the financial times.
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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