by John Isley
After a three-year battle to keep the nation’s post offices open, a proposed Post Plan was presented over a year ago that would cut window service hours at post offices.
Woodgate will be one of the last area post offices to conform with the new plan and beginning Saturday, August 24 it will go to limited window hours.
Window service hours will be 8 a.m. to noon, Monday through Friday; and 8 to 10:30 a.m. on Saturday.
Lobby hours for box mail pickup will continue to be 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
According to Postal Service representative Nadine Trombley, a door timer and locks have been installed at the post office, however new parcel pickup boxes have yet to be installed.
With the future of rural delivery going to cluster boxes, as chairman of the Woodgate Citizens Committee I urge everyone to consider acquiring a post office box.
by John Isley
Town of Forestport Supervisor William Hasenauer has announced that the town has been awarded several grants to assist with various town projects.
A grant in the amount of $30,000 will assist with a sewer engineering study for several areas of the township.
The study will focus on the feasibility of non-traditional sewer systems for the areas of Deer Spring Park, Otter Lake, and White Lake.
A second grant for $7,500 was awarded to the town clerk’s office for the purpose of organizing and archiving the town records room.
A third grant for $3,900 was received through the Urban Tree Program for the purpose of planting trees in the town.
Previous tree grant money was used for the enhancement project along the Black River, Hasenauer said.
by John Isley, Guest Contributor
Boonville meeting outlines the possibilities for area economies and tourism
The Tug Hill Commission and Northern Oneida County Council of Governments met with representatives of the Adirondack Railroad Preservation Society (ARPS) on Tuesday, November 20 to discuss the future of the railroad.
The meeting was held at the Boonville Municipal Building and was prompted by the recently announced plan by Iowa Pacific Holdings, LLC to start Pullman Car rail service from New York City to Lake Placid via the Adirondack Railway—a plan that Bill Branson of the Adirondack Railway Society has called “a game changer” for the region. Sixty people were in attendance.
Kate Fish of the Adirondack North Country Association (ANCA) opened the meeting with a slide presentation of the current train promotions and the economic impact that the new “Pullman agreement” could provide. Fish stated a “brew train” sponsored by Saranac, an artist palette train associated with the state-of-the-art “View” art center in Old Forge, a Maple Express sponsoring the maple industry, dinner trains to Forestport’s Buffalo Head Restaurant and a 100 percent increase in the bike and paddling ridership are some of the current ways that the Railway is impacting the local economy.
Branson reported that some 14,000 passengers are booked for this year’s Polar Express trains, and that 1.2 million passengers have been transported on the 70 miles of operating tract. John K Bartow, Executive Director of the NYS Tug Hill Commission said that negotiations with the Iowa train company started in June and have moved into the partnership phase. Continue reading
To the Editor:
It was a cold winter night in February of 2010 when I met Congressman Bill Owens for the first time. He was speaking to a college history class in Boonville and his very clear, concise and direct answers to questions presented to him, impressed me.
It was a few months later when I needed the Congressman’s help with the closing of the Woodgate Post Office issue.
He not only assigned staff to our issue, but came to Woodgate for a town hall meeting. Continue reading
Sixty-five people heard three plans for replacing the Forestport “twin bridges,” which were presented by two engineering firms at an informational meeting held May 9 at the Forestport town hall.
Three plans were presented, the first plan by Spectra engineers was a two-lane bridge that meets federal and State requirements for grant money.
The cost proposed for that bridge is $1.3 million.
All of the cost would be grant funded.
Forestport has been applying for grants, but to date none have been received. The two-lane bridge plan is ready for bid pending funding. Continue reading
by John Isley
The United States Senate passed Senate bill 1789, the Postal Reform Act, by a vote of 62-37 on Wednesday, April 25th.
One of the amendments approved, as sponsored by Senator McCaskill, will prohibit the closure of rural post offices, such as Woodgate, for a period of one year until all options to continue service have been exhausted.
Other amendments require the postal service to consider the impact on rural small businesses before any closing can occur, consider the economic savings before closing postal facilities, and establishing standards for closing rural offices that include demographics, weather and citizens served. Continue reading
by John Isley Guest Contributor
As expected, the United States Postal Service is moving quickly to close 3,400 rural post offices, including Woodgate’s, before the Postal Regulatory Commission and Congress has time to react.
The Woodgate Post Office received its “final determination to close and extend service by rural route service” on Wednesday, August 24.
The announcement was not unexpected and the Woodgate Citizens Committee is in the process of filing an appeal of closure and a 120-day stay of closure with the Postal Regulatory Commission in Washington. Continue reading