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Re: “The postoffice fight

Tilly Post Office
Whether or not a rural post office remains in a community today is still politics. The picture for this article is Fountain's Grocery located in Tilly, AR, and the Tilly post office is located within the store. The store building is well maintained e.g. metal roof, vinyl siding, concrete floor, sheet rock interior, and HVAC. The Tilly post office is currently and will be provided all of the space needed for the office to operate efficiently.
Because of low OE and revenue produced, the DC Postal Service determined early on the Tilly office would not be placed on the closure list. But the Witt Springs office, 6 miles west, was on the original list. The two post offices changed places when politics scored with the Little Rock District (LR) office. The Witt Springs post office came sliding right off of the TBC list, and the Tilly post office leaped right onto to that same list.
Since 1943, the Tilly post office occupies a small corner area within Fountain’s Grocery. In addition to this small corner, the post office has a lobby area, a space for mail boxes outside the small corner area, and storage space in a storage room.
By looking at both OE and revenue, the Tilly office by far should be the office kept for this rural area. The Tilly office is the revenue producing office with lower operating cost.

Since 1980, the Postal Service pays $50 monthly for rent and utilities for space used by the Tilly Post Office. Prior to 1980, the Postal Service paid less. This was done to ensure that the Tilly office would always be cost effective.
Tilly is centrally located in the tri-county area of Searcy, Pope, and Van Buren counties with customers from all three counties. Superior Forestry, a multi-million dollar corporation, is located in Tilly. This business would be greatly impacted by closing the Tilly office.
Public meeting: December 12, 2011, 5:30 p.m. old Union Hill School building (by water tower).

Posted by Halley on 11/23/2011 at 8:25 AM


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