Cadiz Officials Give Temporary Post Office Stamp of Approval

Photo by Dylan McKenzie A row of P.O. boxes lines the interior of the new temporary post office in Cadiz. According to United States Postal Service spokesman David Van Allen, the facility offers the same services any post office does.

After months of having to drive to neighboring communities to send a letter or package at the post office, the village of Cadiz finally welcomed the U.S. Postal Service back on Monday.

The Cadiz branch of the postal service has been experiencing trouble for some time, ever since structural issues forced employees to close the front door to the old post offic, and serve customers through the side entrance. After a geological survey, it was found that there were empty spaces and shifting ground underneath the front of the building. This led to the ultimate decision to close down the building.

While residents still could send and receive mail, for other services they had to travel to other nearby villages for full-service post offices.

Village officials, including Mayor Ken Zitko, have been working since the building’s closure in early September to rectify the situation, looking for a spot to establish at least a temporary post office. With the help of U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson, R-Ohio, and the village Community Improvement Corporation, the village located a new spot for the temporary office at 730 Peppard Ave. , the site of the Harrison Hills City School District administrative offices.

Zitko said the school district is leasing the space to the post office. After some work, including a concrete base for the temporary building being constructed, the modular building went up. All that was needed was internet and electricity to be run to the site, and when that was finally established, the building was ready to welcome new customers, finally opening for service on Monday.

“We are thrilled to be back in operation, providing quality service to the residents of Cadiz,” said David Van Allen, a spokesman for the United States Postal Service. He added, “Now that the Cadiz temporary modular is unit up and running, the Postal Service has initiated the formal process for establishing permanent quarters.”

Van Allen said the modular facility provides every service offered by the USPS at any post office. He also said the postal service is currently exploring options for the old building.

The retail hours of operation are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday.