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U.S. Postal Service representatives meet face to face with Middleville residents

By CAROLINE GABLE

MIDDLEVILLE, N.Y. (WKTV) - Eight months after a flood in Middleville forced the local post office to close, representatives from the U.S. Postal Service came face-to-face with unhappy residents.

Over 100 residents filled the auditorium at West Canada Valley High School Tuesday night, all with one goal in mind - to tell postal officials that they want to see their local post office back open.

Many spoke out, saying they are dissatisfied with the mail service they've had since the flood, and now they're worried that the post office, as they've known it, will be closed for good.

Postal representatives say they don't have funding to replace Middleville's post office. However, they went on to say that they understand that the Newport Post Office isn't serving Middleville residents' needs, with its limited hours and inconvenient location.

Representatives discussed alternative options, like a contract station that would put postal service in a retail location.

Several residents are worried about having to change their addresses and some even feel that would mean a change of their identity.

Many who spoke out called the post office 'the hub of the village,' and 'the center of the community.'

Michele Liley is a concerned resident who helped collect signatures to bring back the post office at the Tuesday night meeting.

"It is a big inconvenience to drive to Newport," Liley said. "The hours are very different from the Middleville Office. Some of us have to leave work to get our mail. Some people don't drive. Some people can't get to the Newport Post Office."

Postal representatives say no permanent decision regarding closing the Middleville Post Office will be made until July. However, the Mayor of Middleville, Elizabeth Schrader, says the post office has already terminated its lease for the space with the village.

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