USPS goes back to square one

LIHUE — The United States Postal Service is reconsidering a plan to relocate its operations of the Lihue post office from Rice Street to the annex facility near the airport.

There’s another chance for the community to voice its opinion on the potential move.

Another community meeting on Kauai will provide “a more comprehensive explanation of the proposal to community leaders and customers,” according to a news release from USPS.

“USPS has appreciated the thoughtful comments — both for and against the proposal — that have previously been submitted and encourages all those with an interest to share their concerns during the upcoming comment period and/or community meeting,” the news release said.

USPS representatives didn’t provide a reason for the decision to “redo the regulatory process related to the proposal.”

A date and time for the community meeting has yet to be determined.

USPS is the recipient for comments. USPS is also considering the time frame for the comment period.

Those details are soon to be announced, according to USPS spokesman Duke Gonzales.

In February, the USPS announced a plan to consider the relocation of the Lihue post office, and detailed a plan to consolidate it with the annex facility near the airport.

By March, residents on Kauai had mailed more than 100 coconuts to Dean Cameron of USPS in San Francisco, asking the entity to keep the Lihue location open. The cost of shipping 100 coconuts is about $15 to $20 each, around $1,500 to $2,000 total.

The Lihue Post Office on Rice Street was built in 1939 and the building is on the Hawaii State Register and the National Register of Historic Places.

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