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Officials host forum today on future of Southport Post Office

Published 6:40 am, Monday, June 30, 2014
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U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., will be in town today to meet with First Selectman Michael Tetreau and the public on concerns that the Southport Post Office may be closed.

The meeting will take place at 3 p.m. in Sullivan-Independence Hall.

The meeting was planned in response to growing concerns in the Southport section of town that the post office at 402 Pequot Ave. might be shuttered by the Postal Service because of its plan to re-route mail processing to the facilities on Commerce Drive later this summer.

No specific plans regarding the future of the Southport Post Office have been announced by postal authorities. However, the agency is in the midst of a national downsizing project. As part of that effort, the town's main Post Office downtown on the Post Road was closed and sold to a private developer, while the postal facilities were moved to a small storefront nearby.

Southporters have expressed concerns that the mail-processing changes, in addition to forcing closure of the Pequot Avenue office, could mean that post office boxes housed there would be relocated outside of the neighborhood and that mail deliveries would be later in the day.

Today's meeting will be held in the first-floor conference room of Independence-Sullivan Hall, 725 Old Post Road.