BLENCOE, Iowa | The U.S. Postal Service will hold a community meeting at 7 p.m. Aug. 20 in the Blencoe Community Center to discuss a proposal to relocate the town's post office, which closed in April because of structural problems with the building's foundation.
Since that time, residents of Blencoe have received mail through temporary boxes established in Blencoe, or by traveling 16 miles to Moorhead, Iowa, to pick up mail at the Moorhead Post Office.
Marla J. Larsen-Williams, real estate specialist with the U.S. Postal Service, will outline the proposed project and answer any questions from the public. The U.S. Postal Service seeks a space of about 700 square feet in which to house a post office site in Blencoe.
"They said it might take anywhere from nine months to a year to get this done," Mayor Rusty Collison of Blencoe said. "Even if it takes a year, I'm up for it. I'm desperately trying to get a business back in town."
Service at the Blencoe Post Office, at 501 Main St., was temporarily suspended in early April after officials learned of structural issues in the building's foundation.
Mail for the community's 94 customers was transferred to Moorhead for a short time until five temporary box sites were erected in town. On May 8, the U.S. Postal Service placed centralized delivery boxes in front of the Blencoe Community Center.
Collison said he's unaware if any work has been done at the old Blencoe Post Office site. According to the Monona County Assessor's Office, the owner of that site is Nationwide Real Estate of Chicago.
The former Blencoe State Bank and the former Blencoe Fire Station are among structures that could be considered for a new post office, Collison said.
"There are several vacant buildings in town that I think could work," he added.
The Aug. 20 meeting is open to the public.