Westminster officials aim for satellite postal station

October 27, 1997

The Main Street Post Office is scheduled to leave downtown Westminster in mid-January, and city officials hope to have a satellite postal station before then.

R. Douglas Mathias, executive director of Greater Westminster Development Corp., has been working with the U.S. Postal Service and the city on the project. He said he hopes the bid process will begin next month.

"We're working with them to find a business that would run it," Mathias said. "We're asking the business community to look at the possibility so all the postal boxes and services will be available for the walking population downtown."

A successful bidder would have a working relationship with the Postal Service, he said. The Postal Service would provide equipment and the bidder would provide personnel.

Attempts to get bids last month failed, he said, because the process was not publicized. A new bid package should be ready soon.

"Our goal is to have a station fully in place by the time they move to their new location," Mathias said.

That location is on Woodward Drive, north of Route 140, and is double the size of the current post office.

The disposal of the old building at 83 E. Main St. is in the works. Federal, state and local governments have first claim to the property. Federal and state officials said they are not interested in the building.

If no government wanted the building, it would be available for purchase by private developers.

Fire

Westminster: Firefighters responded at 6 a.m. Thursday to a fire alarm in the 1800 block of Ridge Road. Units were out one hour and four minutes.

Pub Date: 10/27/97

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