The Port Royal post office will be downsized to one employee effective Nov. 19, Mayor Sam Murray announced Wednesday night.
Murray made the announcement during a town council work session, telling members that postmistress Carolyn Warren passed along the information during a recent conversation. Murray was unsure how many employees currently work at the post office. Warren could not be reached for comment Wednesday night.
"If it gets down to one employee, maybe (the) next thing (is) it will be closed completely," Murray said.
Those carriers leaving the Port Royal location will move to the Burton branch at 11 Robert Smalls Pkwy, Murray said. It is about a 6-mile drive from the Port Royal location.
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This isn't the first time the branch has faced downsizing and potential closure. About a decade ago, residents fought successfully to keep the branch open, Town Manager Van Willis said.
The Port Royal branch, located at 1625 Paris Ave., is not one of 3,700 locations the United States Postal Service is reviewing for possible closure, according to a list released in July. However, Murray is gathering names and numbers that concerned residents can contact to protest the downsizing.
"I'm very distressed to hear that about the post office that I use," resident Carolyn Davis said during the meeting. "I would encourage everyone to go home tonight and sit down, take out a pencil and piece of paper and write a letter to somebody, put a stamp on it and go to the post office. Now if everybody in the United States did that once or twice a week, we'd save some jobs."