Briefing set on post office for downtown U.S. seeks bidders to run facility in Westminster

November 24, 1998|By Donna R. Engle | Donna R. Engle,SUN STAFF

Prospective bidders will learn about the U.S. Postal Service's requirements for operating a satellite post office in downtown Westminster at a meeting today.

Postal Service officials scheduled the briefing as part of their third attempt to find an operator to restore limited service to the central business district -- at a price acceptable to the Postal Service.

The downtown lost access to its historic Main Street post office in August when the Postal Service moved its operations to Englar Road.

Prospective bidders are scheduled to meet Postal Service representatives at 8 a.m. at City Hall, Emerald Hill Drive.

The winning bidder would operate a limited-service post office for stamp sales and package mailing. The service would be available from 10 a.m. to 5: 30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

L The Postal Service has twice rejected bids as too expensive.

Robert Paiva, the Postal Service's district manager for marketing, suggested today's briefing after city officials and Greater Westminster Development Corp., a business group, lobbied for limited services downtown.

"We're finally making some progress," R. Douglas Mathias, corporation executive director, said of the meeting. "Questions will be answered face to face with postal representatives."

Postal Service representatives are also seeking to contract with a downtown business to sell stamps until the satellite post office is opened. The stamp sales contract would begin immediately. Paiva has said he hopes to have the satellite office open in February.

Paiva has said he will not disclose what the Postal Service considers an acceptable price, despite the rejection of earlier bids as too expensive. He said postal officials broadened the solicitation for the current round of bidding, approaching 35 downtown business owners.

Deadline for bids is Dec. 14.

Pub Date: 11/24/98

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